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PA-31 Navajo

PA-31 Navajo (7)

The Piper PA-31 Navajo is a family of cabin-class, twin-engine aircraft.

PIPER NAVAJO VARIANTS PA-31 Navajo

Initial production version, also known unofficially as the PA-31-310.

PA-31-300 Navajo

Variant of the Navajo with normally aspirated engines; 14 built.

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A total renovation of the PA-31

A total renovation of the PA-31

In 1967, Piper Aircraft began marketing a six- to eight-seat cabin-class twin known as the PA-31 Navajo. Several variants were produced, including a T1000 series aimed at the commuter airline marketplace.
Production of the Navajo ended in 1984 with 3,942 built. Piper had—and still has—the Seneca and Seminole light twins in the lineup, but its cabin-class aircraft offerings thereafter have been limited to single engine models.

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The PA-31 and Its Kinfolk

The PA-31 and Its Kinfolk

November 2005- In October of 1958, Piper proposed a twin-engine version of the successful Comanche single. This was not the PA-30 Twin Comanche, planning of which had begun two years earlier but development and production of which would be several years hence (thus the skip in numeric order).

Piper initially planned for the model to be developed in California by Bill Lear, and would furnish a PA-24 Comanche airframe and two 200 hp IO-360 engines. Whether this actually ever happened is not recorded, but in 1962 the PA-30 project was given to San Antonio designer Ed Swearingen.

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Flying the PA-31

Flying the PA-31

November 2005- Our charter company operated a 1970 model PA-31-310 Navajo for several years. We purchased it out in California, took the insurance-required flight training and flew it home to Florida, making a stop in Vegas for the night, and another at the Grand Canyon, just to sightsee.

After the 15-hour ride home we thought we knew her pretty well. Six months later we had put about 75 hours on the old girl and had grown to know her even better.

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Neato Navajo

Neato Navajo

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I remember the year 1967 as one of conflict and contradiction. At once both troubled and optimistic. Every night the news broadcast images of the Vietnam War, where young men were fighting and dying. John McCain was a naval aviator and in October 1967 he was shot down over Hanoi and remained a prisoner of war for five and a half years.

There were scenes as well of the young men and women back home who were protesting the war. One demonstration at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium drew 40,000 protestors. There was the Six-Day War in the Middle East, and there were racial riots in Detroit and Newark. It seemed to my young mind at times that the world was going crazy.

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Piper PA-31 Navajo

Piper PA-31 Navajo

The Piper PA-31 Navajo is a family of cabin-class, twin-engine aircraft.

PIPER NAVAJO VARIANTS PA-31 Navajo

Initial production version, also known unofficially as the PA-31-310.

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Pipers PA-31 Twins

Pipers PA-31 Twins

In October of 1958, Piper proposed a twin-engine version of the successful Comanche single. This was not the PA-30 Twin Comanche, the planning of which had begun two years earlier but development and production of which would be several years hence (thus the skip in numeric order).

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