Piper L21B Super Cub

In 1975 the Belgian Air Force acquired six former Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force) Piper L21B Super Cubs for use by the Belgian Air Cadets. Contrary to the gliders the Piper Cubs are not the property of the Air Cadets and are exclusively flown by Belgian Air Force personnel. The aircraft are the responsibility of MCVZ/CMVV (Militair Centrum Voor Zweefvliegen / Centre Militaire de Vol à Voile) based at Goetsenhoven and report to No 1 Wing Training at Beauvechain. During the active gliding periods the aircraft are mainly based at Bertrix and occasionally, but can also be deployed to other bases where no winch (used to get the gliders airborne) is available. In the early period of operation the Super Cubs were painted in camouflage with day glow nose, tail and wingtips, but later the aircraft got a white paint scheme with orange engine cowling, wings and vertical tail plane.
In 2000/2002 all the remaining Super Cubs received a major overhaul, during which brand new fuselage frames, new wings and more powerful 180 HP engines were fitted. In reality the L21B's were replaced by new Super Cubs, where only some parts of the old aircraft were transferred to the new fuselages. The "new" Super Cubs are easily identified by their rounded aft window compared to a square one on the earlier models.


LB-01 c/n 18-3603 framenr. 18-3786 ex 54-2403, R-113 (KLu)
  • 231075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 000001-00002: during major overhaul the fuselage, wings and engines were replaced
  • 000006: active with MCVZ/CMVV, based at Goetsenhoven/Gossencourt

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Koksijde 010706 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

LB-02 c/n 18-3607 framenr. 18-3794 ex 54-2407, R-113 (KLu)
  • 001075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 000001-00002: during major overhaul the fuselage, wings and engines were replaced
  • 000006: active with MCVZ/CMVV, based at Goetsenhoven/Gossencourt

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Beauvechain 020906 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

LB-03 c/n 18-3842 framenr. 18-3848 ex 54-2442, R-152 (KLu)
  • 001075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 000001-00002: during major overhaul the fuselage, wings and engines were replaced
  • 100906: after a busy Sunday afternoon towing gliders, the aircraft had to make an emergency landing near Beaumont-Florennes due to fuel shortage. The aircraft suffered some damage to the right wingtip when it hit a roadsign. The aircraft was dismantled on site and taken away for repairs.
  • 000006: active with MCVZ/CMVV, based at Goetsenhoven/Gossencourt

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Sanicole 230706 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

LB-04 c/n 18-3843 framenr. 18-3845 ex 54-2443, R-153 (KLu)
  • 001075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 040977: damaged at Brustem
  • 000000: used as spares source for the other Piper Cubs

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Oostmalle - Photo Rudy Binnemans

LB-05 c/n 18-3844 framenr. 18-3847 ex 54-2444, R-154 (KLu)
  • 001075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 000001-00002: during major overhaul the fuselage, wings and engines were replaced
  • 000006: active with MCVZ/CMVV, based at Goetsenhoven/Gossencourt

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Oostmalle 150803 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

LB-06 c/n 18-3864 framenr. 18-3864 ex 54-2464, R-174 (KLu)
  • 001075: delivered to MCVZ/CMVV
  • 09/100892: damaged during a storm at Zoersel/Oostmalle, probably rebuild with the fuselage of LB-04
  • 000001-00002: during major overhaul the fuselage, wings and engines were replaced
  • 000006: active with MCVZ/CMVV, based at Goetsenhoven/Gossencourt
  • 030609: Cat.5 crash at Goetsenhoven: The plane diverted from its take-off path, ending aside of field, and burst into flames, killing both the occupants.

Piper L21B Super Cub - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Koksijde 060703 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)


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