Used Aircraft Guide


Piper PA-23 Apache/Aztec

Later examples of this venerable design are fine aircraft. Early ones may be cheap to buy, but be careful.


The PA-23 is one of those airplane designs that stayed in production so long that the final versions were almost unrecognizable derivations of the original. In this case, the original was small, all-metal, and underpowered to the point that single-engine operations can be extremely hazardous...just like other twins with small powerplants. The last versions, by contrast, are capable load-haulers with very good short-field performance.

The precursor of the PA-23 was the Twin Stinson, which not only had two engines (125-HP Lycomings) but two vertical tails, as well. The design originated at Consolidated Vultee’s Stinson Division, which was acquired by Piper...

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