Piper (Taylor) E-2 Cub
Single-engine two-seat light high-wing monoplane

Archive Photos 1

1932 Taylor (Piper) E-2 Cub (NC12628) on display c.2000 at the Virginia Aviation Museum, Sandston, VA (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

The Taylor Cub was originally designed by C. Gilbert Taylor as a small, light and simple utility aircraft, evolved from the Arrowing Chummy. It is the forefather of the popular Piper J-3 Cub, over 20,000 of which were built.

Design and Development 2

In 1930, C. G. Taylor and the Taylor Aircraft Company embarked on the production of a two-seat tandem low-powered aircraft, designated the Taylor Cub. The Cub featured a design with wings mounted high on the fuselage, an open cockpit, fabric-covered tubular steel fuselage and wooden wings which used the USA-35B airfoil. It was originally powered by a 20-hp (14.9 kW) BrownBack Tiger Kitten engine. Since the young offspring of the tiger is called a cub, Taylor’s accountant, Gilbert Hadrel, was inspired to name the little airplane The Cub.

The Tiger Kitten engine roared but was not strong enough to power the Cub. On September 12, 1930, a test flight of the Taylor Cub ended abruptly when the aircraft ran out of runway; the underpowered engine was unable to lift the monoplane higher than five feet (1.5 meters) above the ground. In October, a Salmson AD-9 radial engine produced in France was fitted to the Cub giving good performance, but it was expensive to maintain.

Finally in February 1931, Taylor introduced an improved Cub airframe, powered by the newly developed Continental Motors 37 horsepower (27.6 kW) A-40 engine. The new Taylor E-2 Cub was awarded Category 2 or "Memo" certificate 2-358 on June 15, 1931 and licensed by the U.S. Department of Commerce for manufacture (it was later awarded full Approved Type Certificate A-455 on November 7). Twenty-two E-2 Cubs were sold during 1931, retailing for $1,325; by 1935, cost had increased to $1475 and by the end of production in February 1936, 353 Cubs had been built at Emery Airport, Bradford.

Variants 2

Specifications (1931 Taylor Cub) 3




Tail Unit


Power Plant






Specifications (Taylor E-2 Cub) 2

General Characteristics



  1. Photos: John Shupek
  2. Wikipedia. Taylor Cub
  3. Grey, C. G. and Bridgman, Leonard. (editors). Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1931, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., London, 1931, page 322c

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