This wooden model Piper J3 Cub airplane (#NC35714) was made by Ralph Sarosi. Originally built between 1937 and 1947, this inexpensive light airplane introduced many new pilots to flying. One of the best-known planes of all time, the Cub is compared to the Model T automobile for its utility and reliability.

This aircraft model was made by former Air Force pilot Ralph Sarosi. Ralph flew a large number of different aircraft over his career, from a P-51 after WWII to fighter jets. He flew chase planes when the Space Shuttle landed at Edwards AFB, so his career spanned from propellers to spacecraft. Mr. Sarosi’s aircraft models are carved from wood and expertly painted. They were purchased and collected by R/C flyer Joe Bridi, who eventually donated them to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum where they are now on display.

Exhibit added: July 25, 2013 - Last modified: April 5, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship