Piper Clipper

Piper PA-16 Clipper

This is the airplane that flew over the mountains on the brink of winter in yesterday’s blog, and is the airplane that I truly learned to fly in. It was built in 1949 and was simple, rugged, and functioned like an airborne jeep. I flew it in and out of hayfields and a golf course in Nebraska, and off of mountain airstrips and dirt roads in Wyoming and Washington.

It had a 108 horsepower engine and had four seats though most Clipper pilots considered it able to carry two and a half, maybe three adults. Flying in the mountains in Wyoming pushed it to its limits and taught me what it could do and more importantly what it could not do. Many great memories and and adventures are stored within these photos.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

2 thoughts on “Piper Clipper

  1. Just found how to answer! What a great picture that Clipper fantastic airplane! Dad had a way of coming up with neat airplanes! Supposed to get the T34 finished this week looking forward to going around the patch! Thank god I’ve got 1000 gallons of fuel at Chris’s place it getting toward the end of my ability to spend the money needed to operate makes me really realize how great our opportunities were!


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