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Two-Seat T-Tailed Trainer PA-38 Tomahawk

Two-Seat T-Tailed Trainer PA-38 Tomahawk

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May 2014- It was a rather long road to certification for the airplane which eventually became the Tomahawk, with lots of starts and stops along the way. 

Piper began design of a two-seat, low-wing tricycle gear training aircraft in 1958. It was to feature side-by-side seating and be made of fiberglass reinforced plastic with a gross weight of 1,500 pounds.


The first (and as it turned out, only) prototype—N2900M—was completed in spring 1962 and was designated the PA-29 Papoose. It boasted an all-moving horizontal tail, flaperons and a 108 hp Lycoming O-235-C1B engine.

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1 comment

  • Lauchlin Kelly III

    Lauchlin Kelly III

    01 March 2015 | Comment Link

    I noticed the color picture associated with this article shows a PA-38 of European registration. In January 2015 I had great fun flying a PA-38 (GBRLP) used by Highland Aviation, Inverness (INV) Scotland. The PA-38 is easy to fly and has great visibility. I also liked the two door cockpit. I was surprised that it handled so differently than my B Model PA-28-180.

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