Beechcraft 76 Duchess. Technical specifications. A photo.
Beechcraft 76 Duchess. Technical specifications. A photo.

Beechcraft 76 Duchess. Technical specifications. A photo.


Beechcraft 76 Duchess - of light-twin engine aircraft manufactured by the American Aircraft Corporation Beech Aircraft Corporation to 1974 years.


Beechcraft 76 Duchess Photo


Development of the aircraft Beechcraft 76 Duchess was conducted on the basis of 19th models in the Musketeer, however, due to serious processing existing design model dramatically differs from it both in terms of appearance, and in terms of flight performance Thus, primary tests of the new aircraft took place in 1974 year, but iz for certain characteristics and errors committed in the design, prototype has undergone further improvements, which is why, in the mass production of the aircraft Beechcraft 76 Duchess received only 1978 year.

On board of small-aircraft Beechcraft 76 Duchess can accommodate up to four people - a pilot and three passengers, with interior space is quite spacious interior that does not cause any problems when moving over distances up to 1445 kilometers.


Photo Beechcraft 76 Duchess


The main reason for designing Beechcraft 76 Duchess was the need to establish the competitiveness of light aircraft, which could resist already on the market of other aircrafts aircraft manufacturers, in particular, this applies to such models as the Piper PA-44 Seminole and Cessna 310. However, due the popularity of the aircraft Beechcraft 76 Duchess never found among the customers - for all the time production was built only 437 aircraft, of which today is operated less than three hundred.

The power plant of the light-engine Beechcraft 76 Duchess aircraft is represented by two Lycoming O-360-A1G6D piston engines, allowing to develop a power of 180 hp. each. Given the period of aircraft production, aircraft engines of this model were already considered far from modern, but their operation was mainly associated with ease of maintenance and reliability, moreover, the provided cruising flight speed of 285 km / h was very acceptable for moving over short distances.


Cabin Beechcraft 76 Duchess


One of the key features of small-aircraft Beechcraft 76 Duchess is a T-shaped tail, ensures not only greater stability during flight, but also very good handling and maneuverability.

A serious negative aspect of the design of the Beechcraft 76 Duchess is the small luggage compartment, which caused a number of complaints from the owners of these aircraft. In essence, in addition to four people, it was possible to place about 250 kilograms of cargo on board, but the small size of the luggage compartment did not allow this. Subsequently, aircraft designers from the Beech Aircraft Corporation intended to improve the current model by releasing a modified version of the Beechcraft A76 Duchess, however, the small demand for these aircraft led to the fact that all work on improving the aircraft was canceled.


Specifications Beechcraft 76 Duchess.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 8,86 m .;
  • Wingspan: 11,58 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,89 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1116 kg .;
  • Payload: 668 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1784 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 285 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 360 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1445 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 5990 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming O-360-A1G6D;
  • Power: 2 × 180 hp 


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