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Beech CT-134 MUSKETEER

The Beech Model 23 was manufactured from 1961 until approximately 1980, under various names such as Sierra, Sundowner, Sport and Musketeer, to serve the market for a small, inexpensive private recreational aircraft.

The Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft were first purchased by the Canadian Forces in 1970 to replace the capable but increasingly difficult to maintain Chipmunk ab-initio trainers. Although not an ideal aircraft for the role, the Musketeer served capably in the guise of a pilot selection vehicle and primary flying trainer. Derived from the stock civilian Beechcraft, the Canadian military models featured a second access door.

In 1981, primarily due to structural problems, the original Musketeers were replaced by a newer, improved version of the aircraft. Based on the commercial Sundowner version these later aircraft were designated CT-134A or Musketeer II in CF service.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg: CT-134
US/NATO Reg.:
Manufacturer: Beechcraft
Crew / Passengers: 2 pilots + up to 2 passengers
Power Plant(s): Lycoming 0-360-A4K 360 cu in reciprocal engine with 180 hp
Performance: Max Speed: 132kts ( 245 km/h) Ceiling: 12,600 ft (3,840 m) Range: 690 m (1,110 km)
Weights: Gross: 2,350 lbs (1,113 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 32 ft 9 in ( 9.99 m) Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Armament: None
The Beech CT-134 Musketeer and CT-134A Musketeer II (Sundowner) were externally identical (CF Photo)



Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer

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