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Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C
Single-engine four-seat cabin monoplane

Archive Photos 1

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C (N9085J, s/n 28-3122, 1966) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Piper PA-28 Cherokee Series 2

Circa 1966, the Cherokee was a low-cost all-metal low-wing monoplane with a non-retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft was available in 2/4-seat, 4-seat and 6/7-seat versions. A floatplane version was also in production.

Only 1,200 parts went into the manufacture of the Cherokee. Its predecessor, the four-seat high-wing Piper Tri-Pacer used 1,600 parts in its manufacture. The first production Cherokee flew on 10 February 1961, and production was at the rate of 14 aircraft per day in the summer of 1966. A total of 5,219 Cherokees had been built by 1 January 1966.

Models available during 1966 were the Cherokee 140-4 (2/4-seat), Cherokee C 150, 160 and 180 (four-seat), Cherokee 235B (four-seat), and the Cherokee Six (6/7-seat). Descriptions of the PA-28-150, PA-28-160, and the PA-28-180 are presented below.

As part of a continuing research program, Piper tested two Cherokees with a controllable-pitch propeller and retractable landing gear respectively in 1966.

Piper PA-28 Cherokee C Series 2

During 1966, three basic versions of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee C were in production.

Each of these basic Cherokee models was available in four different forms, with varying standards of equipment, as follows:

Each of the above versions could be fitted with one of four electronic packages, as follows:

Most items covered under model and electronic group listings were available individually. Other optional extras included Palm Beach external finish, stainless steel control cables, mixture control indicator, T-12 series ADF, KX-160 series radio, fire extinguisher, toe breaks and heated pitot tube.

All versions of the Cherokee could also be fitted with the new Piper AutoFlite automatic stability system. Weighing less than 4 lbs (1.8 kg), this incorporates in the amplifier an electrical rate-gyro with a zero threshold which senses both azimuth changes in wing-down condition, and operates in the ailerons as required for stability. Automatic pitch control is unnecessary on the Cherokee.

The Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee was also available in seaplane form as the PA-28S-180 with Edo Model 89-2000 floats, having received FAA Type Approval in this form on 10 May 1963.

All versions of the Cherokee could be fitted with low-drag quickly-detachable Sorensen spray-gear for agricultural duties. Available in kit form, the spray-gear consists of 110 US gallon (416 liter) glass-fiber belly tank, ½-in pump, pipes and boom with openings for 17 nozzles of five different types.

Specifications and Performance Data (Piper PA-28-180) 2




Tail Unit

Landing Gear

Power Plant


Electronics and Equipment

Dimensions, external


Weights and Loadings



  1. Photos: John Shupek
  2. Taylor, John W. R. (editor). Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1966-1967, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, pages 310-311


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