American Legend Aircraft Co. has been steadily ratcheting up the power and performance of the classic Cub design, and now heads to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with a new model that boasts performance enhancements well-suited for backcountry adventure.
The Super Legend XP follows up on the Super Legend HP (which was reviewed in the June issue of AOPA Pilot) with new features and tweaks that squeeze a little more speed out of the classic design, and improve low-speed handling as well. A company news release also described improvements to the undercarriage and increased fuel capacity (from 30 to 40 gallons useable), so the Super Legend XP has longer legs both literally and figuratively speaking.
Other upgrades to the Super Legend XP include L-21-style extended rear windows and a skylight for improved visibility. “Their full effects are observed during low-and-slow surveillance and reconnaissance operations,” the company noted, going on to quote launch customer Joe Edwards, who raved that the “XP is the best of all worlds. It cruises more comfortably and performs short takeoffs and landings with the best of them. My XP stalls at 8 mph less, at approximately 25 mph, with its longer flaps.”
The Super Legend Cub is sold as both a kit and a factory light sport aircraft. The new model will be on display July 24 through 30 at EAA AirVenture.