Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 421 Golden Eagle

The top-of-the-line Cessna piston twin is unfortunately saddled with troublesome geared engines.


The 421 Golden Eagle stands at the head of Cessnaís 400-series piston twins. Itís roomy and relatively quiet, fast and efficient. Performance approaches that of some turboprops, but purchase and operating costs are considerably lower (though still considerable ó they only look good when compared to propjets).

However, the 421 uses unusual geared engines that must be operated with care, and have seriously high overhaul costs.

The 421, which shares its basic airframe with most of the other 400-series Cessna twins, was introduced in 1968. Cessna aimed it at buyers who wanted better carrying capacity and performance than other piston twins offered, but who...

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