AVweb got a close look at American Legend's Lycoming-powered Super Legend but, alas, not at Sun 'n Fun. Legend's Dave Graham told us testing delays kept the company from bringing the airplane to Lakeland. But in this detailed video, which AVweb shot at Legend's home field in Sulphur Springs, Texas, you can get a look at some of the airplane's features. To keep the airframe light, Legend has used quite a bit of carbon fiber throughout the airframe, including the cabin detailing and the cowlings. It has new, balanced tail feathers and, like the Super Cub that inspired it, it has a wider cabin than the original J-3 and flaps. With the 115-HP engines, says Graham, the Super Legend has the same power-to-weight ratio as a Super Cub so we would expect similar performance.
The cabin is light and airy, thanks to a greenhouse-style clear roof over the seats. Legend expects to have the airplane through its testing hoops and shipping to customers by the end of 2012.