Aircraft of the Week: Piper PA-28 Cherokee

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

Aircraft Specifications

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
Takeoff Landing
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

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