The Beechcraft 76 Duchess is a twin-engined light aircraft produced between 1978 and 1982. During this period over 400 were built. The aircraft has a four person capacity and a wing span of 38ft. The empty weight of 2446lb and maximum speed of 171kt has made it an attractive option for pilot training and flight schools, where it continues to feature prominently today. The twin Lycoming four
piston engines produce 180hp each and power the two blade propellers. The Beechcraft Duchess is constructed of all metal, with the wings having a honeycomb style construction and rivets are replaced with bonding for the fastening. The result is a smoother surface coupled with decreased expense. The
aircraft features a T-tail which results in improved handling and stability. There was only one Beechcraft Duchess 76 built, with no variations being manufactured besides the original prototype. However, options packages came in three choices: Professional, Holiday and Weekender. Beechcraft designed the
Duchess line to fit in between their Baron and Bonanza aircrafts, with a target market of training, light charter and personal use. This aircraft continues to be a popular aircraft choice amongst hobbyists and enthusiasts. Please have a look at our current Beechcraft Duchess 76 for sale below.