Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
Single-engine four-seat low-wing cabin monoplane

Archive Photos 1

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (N47508, s/n 28-7816086, 1977) c.1990s on display at the Hawthorne Air Faire, Hawthorne, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (N8102S, s/n 28-8016104, 1979) on display at the 1990 El Toro Airshow, MCAS El Toro, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (N4344C, s/n 28-8416054, 1987) on display at the 1987 El Toro Airshow, MCAS El Toro, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

Design of the Warrior began in June 1972, an important feature being the replacement of the earlier constant chord wings of the Cherokee series by a longer span wing with tapered outer panels. As a result of its introduction, the Warrior, which at that time had essentially the same 150 hp (112 kW) engine as the discontinued Cherokee Cruiser, was certificated at a maximum T-O weight 175 lb (79 kg) greater. First flight of a prototype was made on 17 October 1972, and FAA certification of the original model, PA-28-151 was granted on 9 August 1973.

The 1986 PA-28-161 Warrior II version, first flown on 27 of August 1976, has a 160 hp (119 kW) engine which operates on 100 octane low-lead fuel. The 1986 version offers a basic optional equipment package, Executive, comprising: blind-flying instrumentation with 3 in inch gyros; clock; outside air temperature gauge; exhaust gas temperature gauge; rate of climb and true airspeed indicators; instrument panel lights, white Backlighting; overhead red spotlight; cabin dome, avionics dimming, navigation, landing and taxi lights; rotating beacon; assist strap at door; aircraft step; engine primer system; engine driven an electric vacuum pump with vacuum gauge; quick oil drain; wheel fairings; towbar; pilot’s vertically adjustable seat, sun visors, alternate static source, heated pitot, emergency locator transmitter, strobe lights, external power socket, and 35Ah battery.

In addition, five optional avionics groups were available for factory installation in the Warrior II.

A total of 2,905 Warriors had been sold by one January 1987. Later sales included 12 for the Royal Jordanian Air Academy and 19 for the British Aerospace Flying College at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. These aircraft were used for training commercial and military pilot cadets, commencing in January 1988 with trainees sponsored by British Airways.

Specifications and Performance Data (1987 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II) 2




Tail Unit

Landing Gear

Power Plant



Avionics and Equipment

Dimensions, external

Dimensions, cabin internal




Performance at Maximum T-O Weight (* with optional wheel fairings)

* Range with maximum fuel and allowances for taxi; T-O, climb, and descent, and 45 min reserves at maximum range power:


  1. Photos: John Shupek
  2. Taylor, John W. R. (editor). Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1987-88. Jane’s Yearbooks, London, 1987, ISBN 0 7106-0850-0, p 483.

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