Aircraft Review

August 1998 Issue

High Falutin’ Tail

Shop carefully and under $100K buys speed, load carrying and lots of utility. But not necessarily in the same airplane.

[IMGCAP(1)] Do your friends snicker because you fly a Mooney and that turbine bully on the runway blasted gravel into your pitot tube? Feeling a little puny? Can’t bear another flying season as the butt of jokes from real pilots who fly real airplanes?

Get your chin up off the runway and put your tail in the grass, because aviation gratification is just sixty grand away when you claim a new or recent model taildragger. They’re out there: The American Champion line, Maule, Aviat Husky and the sort of new but still wildly expensive Cessna 180/185 or Piper Super Cub.

Most of these models are generally thought to be utility airplanes and they are that. But they also qualify as high-pri...

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