Even in its day, the Cadet was often mistaken for the far more numerous Piper or Taylorcraft Cubs. The Cadet’s heyday was 1941 and 1942. Smack in the middle came the attack on Pearl Harbor, in which one Interstate Cadet played a brief, minor, but memorable role. Cornelia Fort, who would later become a pilot flying the BT-13 with the WAFS, launched to teach a flying lesson over Pearl Harbor in the Cadet before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As her student was flying the aircraft to the runway at John Rodgers Airfield (now Honolulu International), she had to take control of the aircraft to avoid being rammed by one of the attacking Japanese aircraft.
This same Interstate Cadet is now owned by Lost Aviators of Pearl Harbor LLC and will appear in Warbirds in Review. Chuck Greenhill is the owner and operator of this extremely rare and authentic 1939 Grumman J2F-4 “Duck.” This award winning warbird is the only airworthy aircraft from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The first flight of the XJF-1 was made in 1933. The J2F was an equal-span single-bay biplane with a large monocoque central float which also housed the retractable main landing gear. It had strut-mounted stabilizer floats beneath each lower wing. A crew of two or three were carried in tandem cockpits, forward for the pilot and rear for an observer with room for a radio operator if required. It had a cabin in the fuselage for two passengers or a stretcher.