Vagabond Articles

 N4698H

  • “Aviation’s Vagabonds,” Flying, October 1947 (perhaps the Vagabond was named after these Piper ferry pilots!)
  • “Development of the PA-15,” by Howard Piper, Air Facts – The Magazine for Pilots, May 1948
  • “The Piper Vagabond,” by Leighton Collins, Air Facts – The Magazine for Pilots, May 1948
  • “The Piper Vagabond – Flying’s Check Pilot,” by Max Karant, Flying, May 1948 [N4125H]
  • “We Fly the Vagabond,” by William Winter, Air Trails, November 1948 [N4123H]
  • “World’s Smallest Airport,” Look, April 12, 1949 [N4426H]
  • “The Vagabond Story,” by H. W. Borbridge, Sport Aviation, January 1961
  • “The Gas-Powered Teddy Bear,” by Gene Smith, Air Progress, July 1970 [N4172H]
  • “New Life for a Vagabond,” Suburban Pilot Magazine, 1972 [N4419H]
  • The Wings of Windy,” by Sanders V. “Sandy” Hudson III, The Vintage Airplane, Vol.1, No. 3, February 1973 [N4401H]
  • “Piper Vagabond … The 88 Day Wonder!,” by Jack Cox, The Vintage Airplane, May 1973 [N4853H, N4423H, N4430H]
  • “Grand Champion Classic Piper PA-15,” by W. M. Amundson, The Vintage Airplane, November 1976 [N4402H]
  • “Cinderella is a Vagabond,” by Jack Cox, Sport Aviation, November 1976
  • “Lock Haven Sweet Potato – Economy Flying, Post World War Two Style,” by Budd Davisson, Air Progress, January 1982 [N4811H]
  • “A Peach of a Vagabond,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1984 [N4678H]
  • “Paul Good’s Vagabond,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Winter 1987
  • “The Piper Vagabond – An Affordable Classic,” by Budd Davisson, Sport Pilot, The Magazine of Recreational Flying, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1988 [N4811H]
  • “Norval Ferguson’s Vagabond,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall 1988 [N4425H]
  • “Luke Walker’s Vagabond,” by H.G. Frautschy, Sport Aviation, September 1993 [N4675H]
  • “Vagabond,” by Edward H. Phillips, Pipers, December 1995 [N4528H]
  • “The Dating Machine,” by Bob Higgins, Vintage Airplane, January 1997 [N4340H]
  • “Vagabond, Living up to the Name,” by Budd Davisson, Vintage Airplane, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2000 [N4643H]
  • “An Amateur’s Restoration Odyssey,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 2001 [N4698H]
  • “Those Beloved Pipers: From an Orange-Crate Mock-Up to a Family Lineage,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 4, No. 11, November 2001
  • “A Restorer’s Diary—Vagabond Wing Reassembly Process Vignettes,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2002 [N4698H]
  • “Want a Wood Panel?,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 2002 [N4698H]
  • “The Vagabond Gets its Wings,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 2002 [N4698H]
  • “A Man and His Vagabond—50 Years on Golden Wings,” by Sparky Barnes, General Aviation News, Vol. 54, No. 14, July 5, 2002 [N4666H]
  • “Give Me Mo’ Horsepower!,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 2002 [N4698H]
  • “I Can See Clearly Now,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 7, July 2002 [N4698H]
  • “The Finishing Touches?,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 8, August 2002 [N4698H]
  • “A Baffling Experience,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 2002 [N4698H]
  • “What’s an Airframe Without an Engine?,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 2002 [N4698H]
  • “Test Flight—High in the Sky on Vagabond Wings,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2003 [N4698H]
  • “The Mystery of the Oily Belly—An Unsolved Case,” by Sparky Barnes, Custom Planes, Vol. 6, No. 11, November 2003 [N4698H]
  • “Winn Baker – Sportsman Pilot Profile,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Spring 2006 [N4666H]
  • “Piper Vagabond – The Aeroplane that Saved the Company,” Popular Flying Vol. 50, Issue 7, July 2006
  • Grove Disc Brake Conversion – Keep those 8.00-4s Rolling…and Stopping!,” by Sparky Barnes Sargent, Vintage Airplane, Vol. 34, No. 11, November 2006 [N4698H]
  • “Jim Hudgin’s Vagabond,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2008
  • “Keep Looking Up,” a chapter about Sarah Kelly Arnold, including her Vagabond and soaring career, in A Hunger for the Sky by Sparky Barnes Sargent, 2008 [N222SK]
  • “Flying a Light-Sport Classic – A Lower-cost Alternative,” by Michael S. Gordon, EAA Sport Pilot, November 2008
  • “Frank Moore’s Vagabonds,” by Jack Cox, Sportsman Pilot, Vol. 28, No. 4, Spring 2009
  • “Piper’s Use-Up-The-J-3-Parts Airplane, the Vagabond,” by Norm Goyer, Aircraft Market Place, August 26, 2010
  • “From Wings of Gold to Worldly Horizons,” a chapter about S. Winn Baker, including his Vagabond and flying career, in Tales of Timeless Wings by Sparky Barnes Sargent, 2011 [N4666H]
  • “Downturn Buster,” by Nick Bloom, Piper Flyer, Vol. 9, Issue 8, August 2012 [N4531H]
  • “It’s Not Easy Being Green – Meet Kermit, the Piper Vagabond in Merry Old England,” by Bob Grimstead
  • “Vintage Profile – Piper PA-15 Vagabond,” by Justin Cox, Flyer (UK), September 2014 [G-BRJL]
  • “Vaughn’s Valiant Vagabond –  Putting the Fun back in Flying,” by Sparky Barnes Sargent, Vintage Airplane, Vol. 43, No. 5, September/October 2015 [N4426H]
  • “Piper Vagabond & Clipper,” by Roger Peperell, Vintage Piper Aircraft Club News, Issue 29, January 2016 [Note – this issue is devoted to Vagabonds and Clippers, and includes numerous photos]