Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper

The L-2 first flew in September 1941. It was affectionately known as the "Grasshopper." Manufactured by Taylorcraft, the L-2 was adapted from the pre-war commercial Model D, or Tandem Trainer. The L-2 was initially designated O-57 when first ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps. The airplane was given its service tests in the summer of 1941 during maneuvers in Louisiana and Texas where it was used for various support purposes such as a light transport and courier.



At the time American ground forces went into combat around the world during WWII, the U.S. Army Air Forces began using Liaison Aircraft, or L-birds, in much the same manner as the observation balloons were used in France during WWI—spotting enemy troop and supply concentrations, and directing artillery fire on them. It was also used for other types of liaison and transport duties and short-range reconnaissance which required airplanes that could land and takeoff in minimum distances from unprepared landing strips.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Wingspan: 35 ft. 5 in.
Length: 22 ft. 9 in.
Height: 6 ft. 8 in.
Empty weight:
Max. takeoff weight: 1,300 lbs.
Wing area: 181 sq.ft.
Armament: None
Engine: Continental O-170-3 of 65 hp
Crew: Two (pilot and observer)
Cost:

 

PERFORMANCE

Max. speed: 92 mph
Cruise speed: 83 mph @ 2,150 rpm
Stall speed: 43 mph (power on)
Range: 303 miles @ 2,000 rpm
Service Ceiling: 12,000 ft.
Rate of climb: 395 ft./min.
Wing loading: 7.18 lb./s.f.
Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper

 


Historic Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper in flying condition. Photo by Paul Bigelow at Cannon Field.


Historic Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper in flying condition. Photo by Paul Bigelow at Cannon Field.

 

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Taylorcraft L-2M on approach to land at Cannon Field.

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Taylorcraft L-2M on landing at Cannon Field.

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Duty calls the Taylorcraft L-2M at Cannon Field.

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Taylorcraft L-2M leads the departure formation at Cannon Field.

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Alamo Liaison Squadron's Taylorcraft L-2M on a fly-by demonstration at Cannon Field.

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Alamo Liaison Squadron's Taylorcraft L-2M awaits its next mission at Cannon Field.

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Alamo Liaison Squadron's Taylorcraft L-2M on display at Midland International Airport.

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