Thursday, June 19, 2014

Piper Cub Is Pennsylvania’s State Aircraft

State tourism received a nod from the Pennsylvania State Senate Monday as the Senate approved legislation which designates the Piper J-3 Cub as the official State Aircraft. 

The Pennsylvania Longrifle also has been designated the official firearm of the Commonwealth.

House Bill 1989 designates these two items as official state symbols. 

The Piper J-3 Cub is a small aircraft recognizable by it’s famous yellow fuselage and black trim. 

It was built exclusively in Lock Haven, Clinton County, between 1937 and 1947 by the company, Piper Aircraft.

It was modified for use by the United States Armed Forces during World War II for both reconnaissance and also as a ‘hedgehopper’ during combat sorties.

The Pennsylvania Long Rifle was developed by the Mennonites who resettled in the area from Germany and Switzerland.

It was first manufactured in Lancaster County, PA.

The airplane and firearm are important to Pennsylvania history, and are an important aspect of Pennsylvania tourism.

The legislation was approved on a vote of 48-0 by the Senate, having been passed earlier by the State House. 

Bill 1989 now goes to the Governor for his signature.


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