Used Aircraft Guide

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Beech 60 Duke

Pilots love its handling and everybody likes its looks; it can even carry a big load – but it’s going to cost you plenty to operate and maintain.

[IMGCAP(1)] The Duke is like some luxury cars: It projects a definite image. The profile is sleek and shark-nosed, and it really looks the part of the corporate transport. It undoubtedly has impressed many clients with that solid, professional image. Beech used to nurture this, pitching the Duke in advertisements as an integral part of the lifestyle of attractive, successful people who are on the move.

The price tag reinforced this high-profile image—the last Duke was built in 1982 and went for about $600,000 equipped. The Duke also carries Beech’s reputation for good workmanship and high parts costs. It’s little wonder, then, that some owners fondly refer to their airplanes as the Merce...

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