Beech Duke:

A pressurized cabin-class twin with timeless good looks and decent speed, but train for engine failures and save for real maintenance.

The model progression represents steady refinement, but the airplane's configuration remained basically unchanged. In 1971, the Model A60 was introduced with a modest increase in gross weight (up 50 pounds from 6725 to 6775), but useful load and performance dropped a bit. According to book figures, the straight 60 is a much better short-field performer than the A60. However, Duke owners tell us those early figures were extremely optimistic, and that the A60 is only slightly inferior in takeoff and landing performance to its predecessor.
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