What We Fly

What do we fly?  Short Wing Pipers, of course! But what is a Short Wing Piper? The short answer is Short Wing Pipers are five of Piperʼs finest aircraft – the Piper Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, Tri-Pacer and Colt – which were produced from 1948 to 1964.

But why the “Short Wing” in our name? Back in 1947 Piper decided to build the cheapest two-place general use airplane possible with parts already on hand. Standard J-3 Cub wings were shortened by removing three feet off the wing root and the fuselage was shortened as well – and the first Short Wing Piper, the Vagabond, was born.

For more information and spec sheets on each Short Wing Piper, including the PA22/20, click on the links in the boxes below.


PA-15/17 Vagabond

Originally equipped with a 65hp Continental, the Vagabond was the first Short Wing Piper produced.

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PA-16 Clipper

Four passengers and a whopping 115 hp, the Clipper is the next Short Wing Piper in the line-up.

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PA-20 Pacer

Due to a lawsuit over the use of the name “Clipper”, Piper redesigned the Clipper and created the Pacer.

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PA-22 Tri-Pacer

Essentially a tricycle gear Pacer, the Tri-Pacer is a solid, easy to fly four-place airplane.

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PA-22-108 Colt

The Colt owes most of its lineage to the Short Wing that started it all, the PA‑15/17 Vagabond.

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Many Tri-Pacers and Colts have been converted to taildraggers – they are known as PA-22/20s.

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