Piper PA-16 Clipper


Piper in 1949 added to this success by introducing a four-seat version of the PA-15; designated PA-16 Clipper, and powered by an 115-hp / 86kW Avco Lycoming O-235-C1 engine. Essentially an expanded Vagabond, the PA-16 Clipper was priced at $3,095.

The prototype was completed in 1948 but all 724 units were produced in 1949. It had a front seat door on the left.

Following a complaint and suit threat by PanAm over the use of the Clipper name, the production was stopped in October of 1949, the design was modified for the O-290 engine, control wheels replaced the stick and slight mods to the landing gear was made and the production continued under the Pacer name in February of 1950. It was therefore the forerunner to the popular Tri-pacer.

Piper PA-16 Clipper
Engine: Lycoming O-235-C1, 115 hp
TBO: 2400 hr
Fuel type: 80
Propeller type: FP
Landing gear: Conv./Fixed
Max ramp weight: 1650 lb
Gross weight: 1650 lb
Landing weight: 1650 lb
Empty weight, std: 850 lb
Useful load, std: 800 lb
Payload, full std. fuel: 584 lb
Useful fuel, std. (gals.): 36 USG
Oil capacity: 6 qt
Wingspan: 29 ft 2in
Overall length: 20 ft 1 in
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Wing area: 147 sq. ft
Wing loading: 11.2 lb/sq. ft
Power loading: 16.2 lb/hp
Seating capacity: 4
Cabin doors: 2
Cabin width (in.): 40
Baggage capacity: 50 lb
Cruise speed 75% power: 97 kt
Fuel consumption: 6.1 USgph
Best rate of climb (SL fpm): 600
Best rate of climb, 8,000 ft: 300 fpm
Service ceiling: 13,500 ft
Vso: 43 kt
Takeoff ground roll: 720 ft
Takeoff over 50-ft. obstacle: 925 ft
Landing ground roll: 600 ft
Landing over 50-ft. obstacle: 875 ft