Piper PA-16 Clipper

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PA-16 Clipper
PiperPA-16ClipperC-FOHC01.jpg
Piper PA-16 Clipper at the Short Wing Piper Convention in Kingston, Ontario on 6 July 2006
RolePA-16 Clipper
ManufacturerPiper Aircraft
First flight1947
Introduction1949
Producedonly in 1949
Number built736
Unit cost
USD$2995 (in 1949)
VariantsPiper PA-20 Pacer
 
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PA-16 Clipper
PiperPA-16ClipperC-FOHC01.jpg
Piper PA-16 Clipper at the Short Wing Piper Convention in Kingston, Ontario on 6 July 2006
RolePA-16 Clipper
ManufacturerPiper Aircraft
First flight1947
Introduction1949
Producedonly in 1949
Number built736
Unit cost
USD$2995 (in 1949)
VariantsPiper PA-20 Pacer
Piper PA-16 Clipper in flight

The Piper PA-16 Clipper is an extended fuselage model of the PA-15 Vagabond.[1] Both models were designed in 1947 for the same reason - Piper Aircraft found itself in dire financial straits and needed to create new, competitive models using existing parts and tooling. The result was the Vagabond, essentially a side-by-side version of the tandem J-3 Cub credited with saving the company.[2]

Development[edit]

The PA-16 Clipper is a stretched and refined version of the Vagabond intended to seat four people[1] (or "two-and-a-half to three" as often told by Clipper pilots). It is equipped with an extra wing tank, added doors to accommodate the new seating, and a Lycoming O-235, the same engine that would later power the Cessna 152. The PA-16 Clipper retained the control sticks that had up to that point been common in aircraft derived from the "Cub" family.

Cost[edit]

In 1949, the Clipper sold for $2995. The average four place airplane on the market at that time cost over $5000. Only 736 Clippers were built in the one year of production before Piper changed to the Piper PA-20 Pacer.[3]

Nomenclature[edit]

Pan Am Airlines, who traditionally called its famous luxury airliners "Clippers", took offense at Piper using the name for their light aircraft. As a result of this pressure Piper further refined the model, adding wing flaps, further fuel tanks and replaced the control sticks with yokes. A more powerful Lycoming O-290 125 hp engine was installed and this model became the Piper PA-20 Pacer.[2][1]

Specifications (PA-16)[edit]

A Piper PA-16 Clipper at Sun 'n Fun 2006

Data from Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory[1] & Fonden Danmarks Flymuseum[2]

General characteristics

Performance

Avionics
Originally none were fitted. Many now have VHF Nav-com radios, GPS and transponders installed.

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Related Development
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References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 59. Werner & Werner Corp Publishing, 1978. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
  2. ^ a b c Fonden Danmarks Flymuseum (undated). "Piper PA-16 Clipper". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-12-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Peperell 1987, p. 65
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External links[edit]

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