Cherokee Six XB-SOK
I don't have a (good) image of a
US registered Cherokee Six. However, I lived in El Paso, Texas
from 1979 to 1981 and,
whilst there, did shoot a fair number of XB- registered aircraft.
was one of them. At the end
of 1963 Piper developed a six seat version of the PA-28 Cherokee.
Although in truth, three of the
passengers needed to be children of somewhat less than 50kg each!
accommodate the extra seats the standard Cherokee fuselage was
lengthened by some 4 ft 6 ins.
Power (not enough of it in my opinion, under certain
conditions) was supplied by an Avco Lycoming
O-540-E4B5 flat six engine developing 260 hp. For instance,
one torrid day in December of 1971
irrepressible Richard Maclean and yours truly rented VH-FIC at
Moorabbin. Loaded with three
and two children (aged 10 and 7 respectively) the dog took virtually
every foot of the active
runway then in
use (it's been extended in the thirty five years since). I
vaguely remember anxious
glances being made
between us two up front as to whether Vr would ever actually be
was, since we went on to bigger and better things, but the point is
that the Cherokee Six
wasn't the greatest
performer in the world under a decent payload.