Beechcraft 23 Musketeer. Characteristics. A photo.
Beechcraft 23 Musketeer. Characteristics. A photo.

Beechcraft 23 Musketeer. Characteristics. A photo.


Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer - American single-engine light aircraft, which is the first representative of the family of light-aircraft Beechcraft Musketeer, and manufactured by the American Aircraft Corporation Beech Aircraft Corporation.


Photo Beechcraft 23 Musketeer


aircraft manufacturing Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer began in 1963 year, thus, the aircraft current model produced for quite some time, and despite the fact that the production of light-aircraft ended in 1983 year, most of these aircraft continued to be used until the present day.


Beechcraft A23A Musketeer photo


Development of small-engine aircraft Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer made by US aircraft manufacturers without any foundation in the previous models of the Aircraft Corporation. It was supposed to create easy-motor aircraft which was a good competition could create other aircrafts Aircraft Company, in particular, the Cessna, which to a greater extent succeeded.

Planes Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer are relatively simple in terms of operation of aircraft, allowing to carry on its board until 4 people (1 pilot and three passengers), but, among other things, these aircraft have proven themselves and as of aircraft to transport goods and as a means used by the Air Force in many countries for observation and reconnaissance missions.


Beechcraft 23 Musketeer Cabin


Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer has a fairly spacious cockpit equipped with good and modern avionics for its time, as well as comfortable seats, which is ideal for long flights. Due to its low weight, the Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer light aircraft can take off from a short runway, which also made it possible to operate these aircraft in hard-to-reach areas where the construction of good airfields is not considered expedient.

The aircraft is equipped with a Lycoming O-320-D2B piston engine with a capacity of 160 hp, which provides the aircraft with a speed of 230 km / h and allows for long-distance flights over a distance of 1252 km.

One of the major shortcomings of the model Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer is low maneuverability, however, has been fixed in later versions, the current problem.

In 1963 year, aircraft manufacturers of the Beech Aircraft Corporation introduced an improved version - Beechcraft Model A23 Musketeer II, the main hallmark of which was a new piston engine Continental IO-346-A power in 165 hp, as well as an increased maximum takeoff weight.

Model Beechcraft Model A23A Musketeer III appeared in a production of 1965 years, and the main difference between the new version was the increased maximum takeoff weight, as well as modern avionics means. Big success of the current modification is not obtained, because the cost of the aircraft compared with the first two versions of the greatly increased.

In 1967 year, after a series of improvements carried out technical and flight characteristics of the aircraft, was launched in the production of the model Beechcraft Model B23 Musketeer, which features a new powerplant in the form of a piston engine Lycoming O-360-A2G capacity of 180 hp, and could accelerate to speed in 250 km \ h. The model has been classified as a sports aircraft, and because mass production has not been exposed.

A modified version of the Beechcraft Model B23 Musketeer, which appeared in the year 1970, received only improvements in avionics systems, but no change in the flight performance did not happen.

In 1971 year, especially for the US Air Force military version of the small-engine aircraft was designed, which received the name of CT-134 Musketeer. Developments were based on the model of civil Beechcraft Model B23 Musketeer, in this case, the aircraft was operated mainly as a means of surveillance and reconnaissance.


Specifications Beechcraft Model 23 Musketeer.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • Length: 7,82 m .;
  • Wingspan: 9,98 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,52 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 624 kg .;
  • Payload: 1089 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1713 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 189 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 235 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1252 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 4000m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Continental IO-346-A (depending on version);
  • Power: 165 hp (Depending on version).


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