Piper was new to the airplane business but not to business principles, so he asked Taylor to design an inex-pensive, easy-to-fly trainer that the average person could afford to rent. Most of the training planes of the time were older, relatively heavy biplanes requiring correspondingly powerful engines. The cost of learning to fly was therefore quite high. Piper figured that an airplane cheap to buy and operate might cut that cost in half, enabling more people to fly, which would require op-erators to buy more planes from him.
Taylor first built a glider that looked like a small Breezy. Those who later called the Cubs powered gliders were not far from wrong, because the E-2 Cub evolved from towing that glider behind a car up and down the Bradford runway.