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Piper PA-15, PA-17 Vagabond Photos and Information
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Last revised 1/22/13

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Piper PA-15 and PA-17 Vagabond Information and Trivia
The PA-15 Vagabond was built under Aircraft Specification A-800, and approved 7/1/48. It had a 65-hp Lycoming O-145-B2 engine; #1100 gross weight; and a 12-gal. fuel tank similar to a J-3 Cub. Construction Numbers were 15-1 and up. Dual controls were optional. They had no starter or generator, but a battery powered leading edge landing light was optional. They were built with a solid landing gear, i.e. no shock cords, but many have been converted to PA-17 style. Nearly 225 PA-15's are still on the FAA register.
The PA-17 Vagabond was built under Aircraft Specificaiton A-805, and approved 8/1/48. It had a 65-hp Continental A-65-8 or 8F (flanged crankshaft) engine, and #1150 gross weight. Construction Numbers are 17-1 and up. Dual controls were standard, leading to the "Piper Cub Vagabond Trainer" logo that you'll see below, and it had shock cords on the landing gear. There was still no electrical system except for the landing light. Nearly 125 PA-17's are still on the FAA register.

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G-BTOT (British), 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, ex N4176H, to UK 1991, O-200, a 6-92 slide. A Vagabond, plain and simple! (slide)
G-BSWG, Piper PA-15 Vagabond, called PA-17 on their register, A-65, ex N4316H, to UK 1990, shown in 7-91, and at Cranfield, in new paint, 7-02. Has second window.
G-BRPY, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, C-85, ex N4356H, to UK 1989, at Old Warden 7-93, Sharp wheel pants! (slide)
G-BRJL, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, showing it's former N4370H, to UK 1989, C-85, at Cranfield 7-90 (slide)
G-BTFJ, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, O-145-B2, ex N4373H, to UK 1991, at Old Warden 9-97 (slide)
N4389H, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, at Oshkosh 1977 (slide)
G-BSFW, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, A-65, ex N4484H, to UK 1990, at Wroughton 7-93 (slide)
G-FKNH, 1948 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, C-85, ex CF-KNH, to Canada in 1958; to UK 1997, at Finmere 1-98 (slide)
G-ALGA, 1949 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, O-145-B2, ex N4575H to UK 1986, at Finmere 4-87 (slide)
N4662H, 1949 Piper PA-15 Vagabond, O-145, at Oshkosh 1984, regis. cancelled 4-06 (AirPix slide)
N4612H, Piper PA-17 Vagabond, in the evening sun, 1948, A-65, at the 2007 Tube, Fabric and Tailwheels fly-in at 64I Lee Bottom Flying Field, Hanover, IN. Here's a closer shot; and the whole thing with some flash on a bad photo day at the 2011 fly-in. We're invited to take a look inside to see the very basic cockpit. It was called a "Piper Cub Vagabond." Cool little wheel pants there, but I bet you'd get hollered at if you stepped on them!
N4643H, 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, C-85, at 40I Red Stewart Airfield, Waynesville, OH 8-03. The "Piper Cub Vagabond Trainer" logo; a panel that defines "basic"; and "The way things used to be" at the local airport.
G-AKTP, 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, C-85, ex N4683H, to UK 1988, at Andrewsfield 10-88 (slide)
G-ALEH, 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, A-65, ex N4689H, to UK 1982, at Henstridge 4-82 (slide)
N4696H, 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, at Oshkosh 1977 (slide, soft)
G-BTCI, 1948 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, A-65, ex N4839H, to UK 1991, at Fenland 6-92 (slide)
F-BFBL (French), Piper PA-17 Vagabond, at Toossus 1960's. In France, 8-48 to 6-74, and British G-BDVC since 1976. (slide)
G-BCVB, 1949 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, A-65, ex F-BFMT to France 9-49; to UK 1975, at Sywell 7-75 (slide)
G-AWOH, 1949 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, C-90, ex F-BFMY, to France 11-49; at Badfmington 4-84. Check those cool windows! (slide)
G-AWKD, 1947 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, A-65, ex F-BFMZ, to France 2-50; at Sywell 7-72. Gee, it does look a bit awkward with that paint scheme! (slide)
G-BLMP, 1949 Piper PA-17 Vagabond, C-90, ex F-BFMR, to France 8-49; to UK 1984, 7-84. Those windows sure light it up inside! (slide)
There are numerous other PA-15 and PA-17 Vagabonds in an old French register that I have. Let me know if you are looking for one in particular.
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