The PA-28 Cherokee is a family of light aircraft made by Piper which are most commonly used for personal use and flight training. Cherokees are single-engine, piston-powered aircraft with low-mounted wings and a tricycle landing gear. The Cherokee made its first flight in 1960 before deliveries proceeded the following year. Since then, over 32,000 Cherokees have been delivered as the aircraft is quite popular among flying clubs and private owners alike.
Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger featured a group of acrobats flying Piper Cherokees. In the film, the arch-villain includes the aircraft in his plan to rob Fort Knox.
- Low, straight wing
- Single Lycoming engine with two blade propeller
- Swept tail fin with low-set tailplane
- Non-retractable landing gear
|Horsepower: 180||Gross Weight: 2400 lbs|
|Top Speed: 132 kts||Empty Weight: 1310 lbs|
|Cruise Speed: 124 kts||Fuel Capacity: 50.00 gal|
|Stall Speed (dirty): 50 kts||Range: 510 nm|
|Ground Roll: 720 ft||Ground Roll 600 ft|
|Over 50 ft obstacle: 1620 ft||Over 50 ft obstacle: 1150 ft|
|Rate Of Climb: 750 fpm|
|Ceiling: 16400 ft|
These specifications were provided by PilotFriend and can be found here. Aircraft features provided by Jane’s Aircraft Recognition Guide.
Photo: PA-28 Cherokee 180F