Used Aircraft Guide

February 2015 Issue

Beech Model 19/23

The Beechcraft Musketeer, Sport and Sundowner get high scores for comfort, handling and simplicity. Theyíre also easy on the budget.

Beechcraft was never all-in in the training market. Its niche was carved out from day one with the Bonanza, a high-performance traveling machine that the company knew would attract buyers who learned to fly in something made by Cessna or Piper. Thatís why when some pilots walk the ramp, they clap eyes on a Musketeer or a Sundowner and canít quite place what it really is. There just arenít that many of them out there and they are far outnumbered by Skyhawks and Cherokees. But to Beechís credit, what it did, it did right, at least in terms of comfort and handling, if not performance.

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