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Source: Shortest Landing!!! Severe Headwind! Aircraft hovers and vertically touches down! (YouTube)

What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?

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    $\begingroup$ looks like a Piper Cub or one of its million derivatives. Picture doesn't show enough detail to be much more precise. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Jul 11, 2021 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ It looks more like a PA-18 super cub than a J-3 cub to me because it's slightly beefier, but it's very hard to tell the difference from that angle. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Jul 11, 2021 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ A J-3 has the front windshield struts intersect at the top at center in an inverted V. The Supercub is the other way around. That's a Supercub. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Jul 11, 2021 at 20:12
  • $\begingroup$ Much more detail is visible in this animated gif of it apparently taking off backwards in a strong headwind. (Sorry, stack.imgur.com can't understand this image format.) cs9.pikabu.ru/images/big_size_comm_an/2017-06_2/… $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2021 at 20:47

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The video description (thanks to ymb1 for adding the link) says:

By Jon Bush.

If you search for that name and STOL, you will find his YouTube channel, where you can find a higher quality video of that landing:

SQ12 Landing
(Ultimate Alaskan Plane Landing, Zero Feet!)

The video description says:

Having too much fun flying this Experimental Stol Quest SQ12 supercub in the wind on the Knik River in Alaska @akbushpilot.

So the aircraft is an STOL Quest SQ12 Super Cub, an experimental plane based on the design of the Piper PA-18 Super Cub.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much $\endgroup$
    – user119540
    Jul 12, 2021 at 23:15

This is a Piper Cub which has been modified with a high-performance propeller and tundra tires. It probably also has either a 150 or 180 HP engine in it.


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