Used Aircraft Guide

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Beech 19, 23 series

Variously known as Musketeers, Sports and Sundowners, these entry-level singles are well-built, but not stellar performers.

[IMGCAP(1)] If one where to liken the Beech line of airplanes to a human family, there would be considerable wonder about the parentage of the Sport and Sundowner. Itís hard to believe at times that the same company that brought us the epitome of single-engine class in the form of the Bonanza and the dashing elan and good looks of the Baron could also make aircraft as dowdy, frumpy and ill-performing as the Sport and Sundowner. Yet, there they stand on ramps across America, bearing the Beech name.

At the same time, these aircraft represent a sort of shopping paradox for those in the market for a used aircraft. Sure, you can pick them up at pretty good prices these days. But will you be ab...

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