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PA-24 Comanche

PA-24 Comanche

The PA-24 Comanche is a four-seat, low-wing, all-metal, light aircraft of monocoque construction with retractable landing gear.

Comanche 180

The original version of the Comanche was the PA-24, which featured a carbureted 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-A1A engine, swept tail, laminar flow airfoil, and all-flying stabilator.

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Comanche Mods List

Comanche Mods List

February 2005-

ACD Corporation
Tacoma Narrows Airport
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Installation of Truboplus/Electronics Int'l Gauges and switches.

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Comanche History

Comanche History

February 2005-

It must have been evident to William T. Piper that his company's popular line of affordable light aircraft was wearing a little thin at the marketplace in the mid-1950s. While buyers had welcomed the low-cost tube and fabric designs in the immediate postwar years when not much else was available, they began moving toward more sophisticated equipment as new and faster all-metal models were introduced by Beech, Cessna, Navion and a host of other manufacturers.
Not a deliberate innovator, Bill Piper first turned to existing models from freelance designers for inspiration. In 1952 he flew to Wichita and made an offer for the M-20 design by Al Mooney, but was turned down. He also expressed interest in John Thorpe's Sky Scooter and Fred Weick's Ercoupe, but there were no takers.

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Piper PA-24 Comanche

Piper PA-24 Comanche

The PA-24 Comanche is a four-seat, low-wing, all-metal, light aircraft of monocoque construction with retractable landing gear.

 

Comanche 180

The original version of the Comanche was the PA-24, which featured a carbureted 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-A1A engine, swept tail, laminar flow airfoil, and all-flying stabilator.

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Twin Comanche

Twin Comanche

September 2004 -

Here's an airplane that has been literally turning heads for more than 40 years, and for good reason. When Piper launched the first PA-30 Twin Comanche in 1963, it was immediately obvious that this new airplane could do all the things that it was supposed to: it provided speed, efficiency and economy. In short order it was also discovered that this light twin was delivering a few more things that it wasn't supposed to, but we'll get to those details later.

In production from 1963 until 1972, the 2,150 Twin Comanches that came out of the Lock Haven, Pennsylvania plant were always good to look at and relatively inexpensive to operate. When Ret Thompson retired from his 37 year career with Northwest Airlines (and the North Central Airlines and Republic Airlines predecessors that he worked for), he looked around for a personal airplane to keep his aviation appetite whetted.

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Papa, My “Baby” Comanche and Me

Papa, My “Baby” Comanche and Me

I came to own piper(Papa), a 1960 PA-24 in a roundabout way. I had been screening ads in Trade-A-Plane and on the Internet for another airplane. I had studied Mooney, Beech and Cessna options but the airplanes that fit my needs were either quirky in some way or beyond my means.

I had previously owned a 1947 Piper PA 12. (Editor’s Note: For the story of Steve’s PA-12 see “My First Airplane, What Mike Taught Me About Flying”) June 2011, Piper Flyer) It was a very simple airplane and didn't burn much fuel but I wanted more speed. I had also owned a 1966 Cessna 182J. It was very comfortable and capable but burned a lot of fuel, especially since I almost always flew by myself.

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