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Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper


The L-2, adapted from Taylorcraft's pre-war commercial Model Tandem Trainer, was initially designated the O-57 at the time it was first ordered by the 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 WW II, the AAF began using the L-2 in much the same manner as the observation balloon was used in France during WW I--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 take off in minimum distances from unprepared landing strips.
General characteristics L-2A
Primary function Liaison
Power plant One Continental O-170-3 engine
Thrust 63 HP 47 kW
Wingspan 35.4 ft 10.79 m
Speed max. 92 mph 148 km/h
cruising 83 mph 134 km/h
Ceiling 10,040 ft 3,060 m
Range 230 miles 370 km
Armament None
Crew Two
Date deployed 1941


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