Used Aircraft Guide

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Piper PA-30/39 Twin Comanche

Piper’s follow-on to the Apache was an altogether better airplane, with sleeker looks and improved performance.

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If you’re in the market for a light twin, the Twin Comanche has two appealing traits: A top speed of 170 knots or more and two fans that operate almost as cheaply as one. But the real charmer is its price—$88,000 to $122,000 average equipped price, according to the Aircraft Bluebook.

You’ll pay that much for many good, used singles—ones with less impressive performance and lacking the security (at least in cruise) of an extra engine. And, while the oldest Comanche is 35 years old, you’ll have the benefit of a fairly decent parts supply, reliable IO-320 engines and an owners association filled with satisfied members.

History
Between 1963 and 1972, Piper produce...

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