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PA-23 Apache/Aztec

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The Piper PA-23, named Apache and later Aztec, is a four-to-six-seat twin-engined light aircraft aimed at the general aviation market that also saw service with the United States Navy and other countries' military forces in small numbers.The Apache and its more powerful development the Aztec were manufactured from 1952-1981

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Apache: Piper’s First Indian

Apache: Piper’s First Indian

March 2005-

In the years immediately after World War II, General Aviation was growing—but not very predictably. Manufacturers were constantly going from feast to famine, and several old, venerable airplane companies had gone broke when they found they couldn't survive the market fluctuations.
There was one emerging market, however, in which a few of the more far-seeing planemakers were interested—Business Aviation—bigger, faster, more sophisticated (and profitable) equipment that was flown for commerce instead of for enjoyment.

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Piper Flyer’s Guide to the PA-23 Apache- Part I: History and Maintenance

Piper Flyer’s Guide to the PA-23 Apache- Part I: History and Maintenance

April 2014- The PA-23 Apache was Piper’s first twin engine aircraft. In 1952 Piper began construction and testing of a prototype, but the original design—with 125 hp engines, a twin tail arrangement and fabric covering—was unsuccessful.

The aircraft was tweaked and the new design included 150 hp Lycoming engines, retractable landing gear, constant speed full feathering Hartzell propellers, all metal construction and a more conventional single tail.

Now called the Apache, the 150 hp prototype flew in 1953. The design received its FAA type certificate on Jan. 29, 1954. There were 2,047 Apaches and 4,930 Aztec models produced from 1954 to 1982, including a few U.S. Navy models.

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Piper PA-23 Apache

Piper PA-23 Apache

The Piper PA-23, named Apache and later Aztec, is a four-to-six-seat twin-engined light aircraft aimed at the general aviation market that also saw service with the United States Navy and other countries' military forces in small numbers.The Apache and its more powerful development the Aztec were manufactured from 1952-1981. 

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David Naylor’s Aztec F is an A+

David Naylor’s Aztec F is an A+

Most aircraft profiles start out with a long dissertation on the history of the aircraft’s type and its lineage—blah, blah, blah—okay, so here’s what you need to know to set the stage for this story.

The PA-23 Apache/Aztec was the first twin-engine aircraft built by the Piper Aircraft Company, and between 1952 and 1981 they turned out nearly 7,000 of them. Of all of the surviving airworthy Aztecs, the one owned by father and son partners Jerry and David Naylor is, without a doubt, the coolest, most technically advanced of them all.

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