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Glad you like that image. Do you know the story of that particular morning? We've talked about so much over the years I can't remember if I have told the story in the past.
Ah, the Legend Cub. That's a really good question. The answer is, with 5,000 hours and about 2/3rds of that in conventional gear airframes, the Cub still holds the key to my heart. I've flown Huskies, Decathlons, Pitts Specials, my Skybolt, Mustangs, a Starduster/Acroduster, a Beech 18, a Maule, A Waco, a Super Cub, a Taylorcraft, a Luscombe, a Stearman, even a Rearwin Speedster, but the Legend is the sweetest little taildragger of them all in many respects. Don't get me wrong, as I tried to tell my good buddy Butch when he ordered his, Tony Levier once opined, "A cub is a great little airplane, it'll just barely kill you...".
I had a true vintage 1939 Cub for years that now sits in The Cavanaugh Museum. The '39 was the airplane that really taught me how to fly, and prepared me for much more spirited mounts like the Texan and the Mustang. The difference between flying my vintage Cub and my Legend is literally night and day. Part of it is due to a different airfoil, part due to 3.5 inches more fuselage width, part of it is that the Legend actually has brakes . When I flew a Husky a few years ago I was really excited thinking it would give me my Cub experience, but with lot of extra power and cruise speed. The Husky had all of that, and while it's a great plane to fly, it is much heavier than the Cub and lacks the virtual magic carpet feel that I get from my Legend. The Legend is simple, light, and the fact that everything is new gives you a lot of peace of mind. When I had my '39 I never knew if I'd get to fly all day, or work on it instead. The ownership experience was akin to that of owning a vintage British sports car, lovely, but laced with a great deal of work and uncertainty.
My relationship with Darin and the guys at Legend rounds out the experience. All I have to do is call over to Sulphur Springs and say I have a little something that needs attention, within an hour there are one or two little yellow Cubs arriving from the east with technicians and parts. I drop it off for an annual and they give me one of their latest and greatest to play with for the few days while mine is in being tweaked. They are family over at SLR, and I believe in the product, it's a winning combination.
So, do I love the challenge of the bipe, or the Six?, sure, but a racing heartbeat and a dry throat accompany those flights. Tony L's quote is never far from the front of my mind, but flying the Legend is about the most relaxing, true flying experience I have ever had. I don't think I have ever pushed it in the hangar without a twinge of regret that I wasn't still up with it.