American Legend Aircraft Company announced today the availability of its new Super Legend XP. The enhanced performance version of the company's Legend Cub incorporates a number of new features.
The Super Legend XP (eXtra Performance) is now available as an E-LSA or EAB. Enhancement modifications include square wing tips, extended flaps and ailerons, 40-gallons-usable fuel tanks, and more. Great slow speed characteristics, higher top speed, and greater control authority are the result of the wing modifications. Extra fuel capacity allows for longer roundtrip/backcountry flights without a fuel stop.
The Super Legend XP also offers more in its undercarriage. A custom-made cabane vee is the perfect match for bigger engines and tundra tires. An extended landing gear puts the wheels three inches forward and adds three inches in height. The results are increased angle of attack for better takeoff performance and improved braking with heavier engines.
Coupled to the extended landing gear are Acme Aero Shocks. These cutting-edge shock absorbers enhance comfort and control during taxi and landing. Acme Aero Shocks regulate rebound and compression with great efficiency. The company's proprietary system is NASCAR, F1 and Baja Racing tested and proven.
A range of tundra tires--sized from 8.50 to 31 inches--is matched with Grove wheel/brakes on the Super Legend XP. Plus, there's a choice of heel or toe brakes. A new T3 Tailwheel Suspension System replaces the customary static leaf spring with a dynamic coil spring. With shock absorption that's neither abrupt nor too yielding, the T3's coil over shock is tuned to provide impact cushioning and limit rebounding. The T3 works with Scott and ABI baby bushwheels.
Further modifications include L-21 style extended rear windows and a skylight, affording pilots nearly 360-degree viewing. Their full effects are observed during low-and-slow surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Safety and ground operations are also enhanced by the increased visibility. A second fuselage enhancement is an extended baggage area, allowing transport of lengthy and bulky gear in the tail of the aircraft. Weight reduction throughout the Legend Cub lineup has also contributed to performance enhancements.
The Super Legend with a 115-hp Lycoming O-233 increased the aircraft's power-to-weight ratio to the equivalent of a 150-hp Piper Super Cub. Adding a Titan engine to the Super Legend HP increased power even more.
The Super Legend XP with Titan engine is now available in a dual fuel configuration, for operation on mogas or avgas. Switch-selectable, the engine timing is tuned to either fuel grade, while a surplus of power remains available on both. A new, optimized Catto propeller performs extremely well on takeoff. Its fixed pitch also cruises well without over-revving the motor.
According to launch customer Joe Edwards, "The XP is the best of all worlds. It cruises more comfortably and it performs short takeoffs and landings with the best them. My XP stalls at 8 MPH less, at approximately 25 MPH, with its longer flaps.
"There's a cosmetic benefit too. The XP looks bigger, larger, and heavier. More importantly, the performance goals we achieved met all my expectations." Other accomplished pilots who favor the Legend Cub are well-known performers such as Bruce Bohannon, Frank Knapp, and Greg Koontz.
See the Legend Cub lineup at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 24-30, 2017. Booth number 356 in the Main Aircraft Display.
For more information on the Legend Cub, contact American Legend Aircraft Company at 1810 Piper Lane, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482; call 903-885-7000, or log on to www.legend.aero.
Photos courtesy of Jim Wilson Photography and American Legend Aircraft Company.