Used Aircraft Guide


Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer

Stubby and cramped, the Tri-Pacer was nevertheless a landmark airplane; it was one of the first popular light aircraft with a nose wheel.


The Piper Tri-Pacer is not what one would call a modern-looking airplane. Short-coupled, with stubby, strut-braced wings and thick-looking tricycle landing gear, the tube-and-fabric four-seater seems a bit dowdy.

It certainly has come in for more than its share of abuse, giving rise to charming appellations like Flying Milk Stool, Slow-Pacer, Flying Brick and Three-Legged Hog.

But owners delight in the airplane’s pleasing mix of reasonable performance and load-carrying capability combined with low purchase prices and rock-bottom operational costs.

And they’ve got a point. The Tri-Pacer can cruise faster than a vintage Cessna 172 while using from seven to nine GPH. It...

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