Used Aircraft Guide

May 2014 Issue

Cherokee 235/Dakota

Piper’s familiar airframe mated with a big engine offers healthy amounts of utility and simplicity.

When Fred Weick and John Thorp set out to design a less expensive alternative to Piper’s Comanche, it’s unlikely they thought the resulting PA-28 series would become so popular, so durable or so varied. Since introducing the Cherokee 150 and Cherokee 160 (PA-28-150 and PA-28-160, respectively) in 1961, Piper has stretched, T-tailed, turbocharged and reproduced that basic airframe tens of thousands of times.

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