AZTEC
AZTEC

Manufacturer

PIPER

Markings:

Alameda Naval Air Station, 1976

Designation:

U-11A

Serial Number:

149067

PIPER U-11A AZTEC

The Piper PA-23 was one of the first twin-engine light aircraft available in the United States. It was introduced in 1954 as the four-seat Apache. The popularity of the design led Piper to develop the larger six-seat Aztec that also incorporated more powerful engines. In 1960, the U.S. Navy purchased twenty Aztecs for use as short-range transports designating them UO-1. They were also used to allow Navy pilots who had been assigned non-flying duties to maintain their skills and flight pay. The designation was changed in 1962 to U-11. The Aztecs remained in Navy service until the mid-1970s.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 37 ft 1 in
  • Length: 30 ft 3 in
  • Height: 10 ft 3 in
  • Weight: 5,200 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 277 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 19,800 ft
  • Range: 1,180 miles
  • Engines: 2 Lycoming IP-540 with 250 hp each
  • Crew: 2, 4 passangers