How an accidental friendship led to an Oshkosh champion
The grass around the 1958 Beech Travel Air was beaten down, trampled by thousands of feet, wearing a path around the wings and tail of N100BH. When you see this kind of wear and tear on the ground at Oshkosh, where more than 2,000 show planes sit proudly in the sun, it’s a sure sign that something special has arrived.
Great news for pilots! Look at the airplanes you can buy for $30,000 or less!
Affordable classics might seem an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms, but in fact, there are more of them available than you might imagine. Before we could home in on the top 10, however, we had to define exactly what we meant by “affordable” and “classic.”
A Garmin glass panel brings a fresh view for Cessna
Cessna naysayers would complain that the company’s line of high-wing singles has changed little since its inception, save a continuing, but sometimes diminutive, evolution of enhancement and refinement.
STANDARD DATA: Seats 6. Gross wt. 6,947. Empty wt. 4,704. Fuel capacity 210. Engine two 340-hp turbocharged Lycomings. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 254. Cruise mph 244. Stall mph 79. Initial climb rate 1,578. Ceiling 25,000. Range 1,214. Takeoff distance (50′) 2,264. Landing distance (50′) 2,154. The pressurized 700 was designed and produced under a joint development more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,817. Empty wt. 1,125. Fuel capacity 35. Engine 150-hp Lycoming. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 148. Cruise mph 135. Stall mph 52. Initial climb rate 1,450. Range 525. Ceiling 22,000. Takeoff distance (50′) 440. Landing distance (50′) 450. Originally designed and built by W.J. Morrisey of Morrisey Aviation, Inc. the Model more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 6-7. Gross wt., depending on model, 5,911-7,430 lbs. Empty wt. 3,282-4,685. Fuel capacity 290 gallons Jet Al-JP4-JP5. Engine Pratt & Whitney PT6A 40-64 turboprop, 700 shp. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 345. Cruise mph 288. Initial climb rate 2,300. Ceiling 31,000. Range 1,565 miles at economy cruise. The TBM 700 began as an international more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,270. Empty wt. 775. Engine 100-hp Continental 0-200. PERFORMANCE: Fuel Capacity 21. Cruise speed 107 kts. Initial Rate of Climb 750 fpm. Ceiling 12,500′. Takeoff Roll 450′. Landing Roll 495. Range 317 nm. The two-seat low wing Thorp resembles Piper’s Cherokee line for a reason: Both were designed by more »
STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,710. Empty wt. 1,139. Fuel capacity 26. Engine 125-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 150. Cruise mph 140. Stall mph 50. Initial climb rate 1,000. Range 420. Ceiling 16,000. Takeoff run 684. Landing roll 381. In 1947, the Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Co. bought all tooling, patents, and manufacturing rights more »