I've got a good handout from an Aeronca CFI if you'd like to read how to SAFELY hand-start a taildragger.A good forum for Aeronca , and Cub piloting / maint.
But If you've already got a couple 200 lb people inside you're about 75 lbs over-gross if your fuel is full.Oh yes, Wally / Jeff put the 85 hp electric start engine (C-85) in place of the hand-prop 65 hp engine.We carried a handheld transceiver but only used it when FARs required. I have my first dozen hours in an Aeronca Champ, soloed in a J-3 Cub at Evergreen Airfield, and had to finish my private ticket in The Mighty C-150. Budd Davidson has a bunch of good magazine articles comparing Cubs, Champs and heavier iron at floating cork / steel wire gas gauge is a pretty good set-up: accurate enough (when it quits bobbing up and down you're pretty much out of Avgas). I fly the Champ and Wally's Cubs with a hand held radio so i can hear other people... Classic flying with a map, compass, and looking out the windows. Lift off is about 45 mph, over the fence (landing) is about 55 mph, cruise is hard to get past 75 mph. Wings on most Champs and Cubs are wood spars, wood ribs, occasionally a metal tube gives a bit of reinforcement.We navigated by pilotage/dead reckoning, went into grass strips wherever possible and flew with the door open to more easily read road signs. Darned if I can remember the capacity but it had sightgauges, little clear tubes with a ball riding on the gas level in each wingroot. Cubs wheel land well, Champs need a strong push on the stick to keep the tail up. As with any taildragger, on final approach you work hard to keep the tailwheel, nose, and runway all in a straight line. Oh yes, drag / anti-drag wires run diagonally between each set of ribs." Then it hit me: "here I am, on a warm spring afternoon.
The sun is shining, the wind is in my face, and I'm sitting in the back seat of a Cub FLYING! " I think I logged 60 hours in that cub that summer, the rest was in PA-12's and PA-18's.
These had a 9 gallon tank in the left wing that was plumbed into the main tank behind the insturment panel.
You'd run an hour or two on the main, open the valve and let gravity feed from the wing tank and fill the main tank, then shut it off before the tank overflows. 36 USG / 5 gph = WAY TOO LONG to be sitting in a Cub! Piper only gave that plane 3 hours of fuel for a reason -- Mike , so most models of the Piper Cub have a fuel capacity of only 12 US gallons.
It was then, that I realized that I had joined the "brotherhood", even though I was a girl. and enjoy it very much, besides teaching my 14 years old son to fly, and I teach to fly the "correct way" with needle, ball and airspeed.
(Since he owned the Champ, he had a proprietary interest in the door but the Cub was a rental) Although I've, as a for quite a while watched the sun rise over the Atlantic a bunch of times, when I dream of flying.... If any of you jetjockies have never had the experience of flying a tailwheel airplane, I suggest you find a place near you and do it. LLS Thirty Echo, Flyf15, Slam Click, Buzz, lllini_152, and or new friend Msllsmith. It sounds like your experiences in Piper Cubs or Super Cubs were a lot of fun. With regards to flying with a stick, if I can't find a Cub around Toronto to go up in, there's a few Diamond DA-20 Katanas at flying clubs near me that I can rent for some dual instruction, although I know there's no comparison! xxx Learning to fly (basics) should be performed in aircraft such as J3C... Learning to fly a taildragger is the same as learning to drive a car with a clutch and 4 speeds.
What's the round object that's located on top of the engine cowling just ahead of the cockpit windshield? Cub had fuel tanks in it's wings with a gravity fed fuel system like that in a Cessna 150. I know the wings are made of a fabric covered metal tubing structure, so why would they have fuel tanks in them?