Originally designated the O-59, the L-4 was one of several liason aircraft named "Grasshopper" by the USAAC. Approximately 1439 examples of the L-3 were manufactured before production ended in 1944. These served in a variety of liason roles; an unpowered version was also developed for the training of glider pilots. The Navy also used a version of the Army L-4 that was designated the NE Grasshopper. Further Navy versions included the HE (re-designated the AE in 1943) hospital/ambulance version equipped to carry one stretcher in addition to the pilot.
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Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Type: two-seat liason aircraft Crew: 2 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 21' 0" (6.40 m) Height: 7' 8" (2.34 m) Wingspan: 35' 0" (10.67 m) Wing area: 158 sq. ft (14.68 sq. m) Empty Weight: 835 lb (379 kg) Max Weight: 1300 lb (590 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Continental O-170 flat-four Horsepower: 65 hp Performance: Range: 200 miles (322 km) Cruise Speed: 46 mph ( 74 km/h) Max Speed: 87 mph ( 140 km/h) Ceiling: 10,000 ft (3050 m)
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