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Piper PA-31T Cheyenne

Building a turboprop isnít as simple as hanging a pair of PT6s on a piston airframe, as Piper found out with the Cheyenne.

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Designed to provide a lot of performance for a comparably low price, the much-maligned Cheyenne still is a relative bargain for the kerosene crowd.

There are five basic Piper Cheyenne models. All share a common heritage: the basic PA-31 design originally introduced as the Navajo. There are two major branches to the design family. These are the PA-31T series, or Cheyenne/II, Cheyenne I/IA and Cheyenne IIXL (plus an unpressurized hybrid developed for the air taxi and commuter markets, the PA-31T3 or T-1040) and the PA-42 series, which consists of the T-tailed and longer-fuselage Cheyenne III/IIIA and Cheyenne IV/400LS.

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