Piper J-3 Cub, Official Aircraft of Pennsylvania
Each of the states in the U.S has a tradition of adopting official symbols to signify the state’s cultural heritage as well as its natural resources. These symbols can range from flowers and birds to musical instruments and even footwear. (I’m looking at you Texas with your cowboy boots.)
Last week the state of Pennsylvania adopted the historic Piper J-3 Cub as their official state aircraft. The law, Act 73, was signed into legislation by Governor Tom Corbett last Thursday. "Let the world know that Lock Haven gave birth to the plane whose popularity in peace and war remains unparalleled 77 years after it first began production," said State Rep. Mike Hanna who pushed the campaign. The state of Pennsylvania should be very proud of their aviation history. Hanna stated, "The Piper Cub has one impressive lineage: Born in Pennsylvania, proven in battle and flying high and proud to this day.”
But Pennsylvania is not the first state to designate an official state airplane. Connecticut adopted the F4U Corsair as the state’s airplane in 2005. Over 12,000 Corsairs were built by Connecticut workers from 1938 to 1945.
So this got me thinking: what other states should adopt an official airplane. Living in Minnesota, my husband and I decided the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 should be our state airplane. The company’s headquarters are based in Duluth, MN. Cirrus was the first manufacturer to receive FAA certification to produce aircraft with a ballistic parachute system. The SR20 and SR22 changed up the market for single engine aircraft in general aviation. It's also a really nice looking plane.
It’s not hard to decide on the Wright Flyer as North Carolina’s state airplane and I immediately thought of the T-6 Texan as Texas’ official plane. (My only reason being the name.)
Can you think of an airplane that should represent the state that you live in, or at least come up with some good ideas for other states?