Opening day of the ninth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will showcase the arrival of several J-3 Cubs from throughout the southeastern United States to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic general aviation aircraft.
"We're excited to help Piper Aircraft celebrate the 75th anniversary of the J-3 Cub, and we're delighted to welcome Cub pilots from throughout the southeastern United States to join us at the Expo," said Jana Filip, expo director.
Visiting Cubs will arrive Thursday morning and be marshaled to a special parking area on the Sebring Regional Airport Ramp to allow the Cubs to park together and to make it easier for visitors to the expo to see the aircraft up close.
Visiting Cub pilots will receive free admission for the day, access to the Exhibitor Hospitality tent and a thank-you gift for participating in the expo. A group memento photo will be taken once all arriving Cubs are assembled.
Larry Robinson, executive director of the Florida Cub Flyers, will lead a group of Cubs arriving from the Okeechobee Airport.
The J-3 Cub is perhaps the most recognized airplane ever produced in America. Nearly 15,000 J-3s were produced between 1937 and 1947, first by the Taylor Aircraft Co. and later by Piper Aircraft, the predecessor of the current world-class Piper Aircraft headquartered in Vero Beach.