Taylorcraft L2M

We have (2) L-2M’s see update at the bottom of the page for information on number 2

Taylorcraft L-2M “Grasshopper”
This aircraft was in a group of aircraft nicknamed “Grasshopper” because pilots could “hop” in and out of small grass flying strips and roads. It carried a pilot and spotter who communicated via radio to artillery batteries, miles behind front lines, and told them how to adjust their big guns for greater accuracy when striking enemy troops. The L-2 did not serve overseas but remained in the US as a trainer including a variant with the engine removed and used a s a glider trainer.
Civil Registration: N499M
Ex-military serial   43-326564
Manufacturer’s serial L5261
Wingspan: 35 feet 5 inches
Length:   22 feet 9 inches
Height: 8 feet
Engine: Continental 0-170-3   65 hp  (now 85 HP)

Speed
top: 88 mph
cruise: 75 mph
landing: 53 mph
G limits:   + 4  – 2
Ceiling
cruise:       4,400 feet
maximum:   10,500 feet
Fuel capacity: 14 gallons
Fuel consumption: 4 gph
Armament: none
Number built: 900 L-2M

total L-2 production: 1,916

Picture below is our 2nd L-2M which is now under restoration. As of March 20, 2018 the entire aircraft is totally dismantled and we expect to start media blasting the metal next week.