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7 Little-Known Facts About The Piper Cherokee

When's the last time you flew one?

1) The Piper Cherokee is the 4th most produced aircraft in the world. Over 32,000 have been built.

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2) The first Cherokee was produced in 1960. On average, 607 new Cherokees have been built each year since then.

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3) Cherokee aircraft have engines ranging from 140hp to 300hp. That's a big difference in performance.

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4) The Cherokee Arrow IV was designed with a "T" tail. It, along with the '78/'79 Lance, were the only two Cherokees to use a T-tail design.

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5) The Cherokee used a "Hershey Bar" wing for years. But in 1974, Piper started switching to a semi-tapered wing on the Warrior.

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6) The original Cherokee design used an overhead crank for stabilator trim.

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7) There are 24 variants of the Piper Cherokee, but only one in current production, the Archer.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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