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Cessna 425 Conquest I

We think the 425, with its relatively easy handling, is probably the best way to move up to the world of turboprops.

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Called the turbine 421, Baby Conquest, the baby carriage, entry-level turboprop and other diminutives, the 425 is in our book the best all-around businessman pilot-operated jetprop. Just be prepared to pay a price that extends far beyond initial purchase.

Cessna filled out its broad range of aircraft with turboprop models very late in the game. The company leapfrogged the category by going directly to jets early in the 1970s. Beech already largely owned the turboprop market by then, which may have affected the thinking of Cessna management.

History
The original Conquest, the Garrett TPE-331-8-powered 441, was introduced in 1977. The 425, originally dubbed Cors...

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