Canadian Wings :: The History & Heritage of the Royal Canadian Air Force


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
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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