C. Gilbert Taylor started the
Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation in 1929. Production
began with the Taylor E-2 Cub, with production ceasing in
1936 after a production run of about 350. In 1935,
improvements to the E-2 led to the J-2 Cub, the forerunner
to the Piper J-3 Cub developed in 1937. During the early
1930's Taylor's bankers brought in William T. Piper, a
Pennsylvania oilman, to be the treasurer of the Company.
Changes in management and control led to the company
becoming the Piper Aircraft Company. By 1936 or so, Taylor
had been forced out of the Piper Aircraft Company, and set
about designing a new design. Taylor moved his company to
Alliance, Ohio to produce his new Taylorcraft airplanes,
but the company struggled financially for a number of
years with many management changes, Taylor again being
forced out of the company until the aviation boom went
bust in 1947.
4, 1947 the company's assets went on the auction block.
Since that time, the Taylorcraft has been produced by a
number of different owners attempting to keep alive a
basic tube and fabric design, with some more modern
updating. In 1939 and 1940, Taylorcraft built the BL-65,
BC-65 and the BF-60.All three models were the same
airframe with a Continental, Lycoming, or Franklin engine.
The number in the model designation indicated the engine
Taylorcraft can land almost anywhere
was side-by-side. Slightly over 2,400 of these
models were produced. As World War II broke out, all
production of civilian airplanes ceased at the Taylorcraft
Corporation. Taylorcraft submitted a tandem seat
design for the U.S. Army Air Corps evaluation and the
airplane was excepted and designated the L-2 liaison
aircraft. Some 2,200 were produced throughout the war.
After the war, the BC-12 was updated and became the
popular BC-12D, Taylorcraft's most-produced model with
almost 4,200 being made. The BC-12D retained the popular
Continental A-65-8A engine. It had side-by-side seating
and an enclosed engine cowling.
the Taylorcraft never gained the popularity that the J-3
Cub has, the Taylorcraft is just as much fun to fly and is
about 20 mph faster than a J-3 Cub and can be bought for
much less than a J-3.The Taylorcraft was available as a
land or seaplane, this side-by-side two-place sport-plane
was one of the "Big Three" in sales in it's day.
The Taylorcraft pictured on this page use to be a BL-65
and had a cowling that exposed the engine cylinders, but
was converted from a Lycoming engine to a continental and
had the enclosed cowling installed.
Taylorcraft production includes 100 prewar Model As, 1800
military L-2s, more than 2800 post-war BC-12Ds, and more
than 120 F-19 Sportsmans.