Produced from 1979 to 1981, the Beechcraft Model 77 Skipper is a two-seat, fixed tricycle landing gear general aviation airplane. The Skipper had the capacity...
Beechcraft Skipper Aircraft Information
Produced from 1979 to 1981, the Beechcraft Model 77 Skipper is a two-seat, fixed tricycle landing gear general aviation airplane. The Skipper had the capacity for one crew member and one passenger. The empty weight is 1100 lb (500 kg) and the maximum takeoff weight is 1675 lb (760 kg). Cruise speed is 105 knots (121 mph, 194 km/h), stall speed is 49 knots (56 mph, 91 km/h), and the aircraft should never exceed a speed of 143 knots (165 mph, 263 km/h). The rate of climb is 720 ft/min (3.67 m/s). The Skipper was designed for flight training and used as well for touring and personal flying.
During its three years of production 312 aircraft were manufactured. The Skipper is powered by a Lycoming O-235 engine and features side by side seating. The aircraft has good visibility because of the bubble design of the cabin and the large windows combined with the low wing. The Skipper is an all metal design, but incorporates innovative construction techniques including honeycomb bonding, tubular spars, and a hot-bonded wing structure.
Similar in design to the Sundowner, Sierra, and Duchess were the Skipper's throttle quadrant and instrument panel layout. This was with the intention of easing students' transitions to the more advanced trainers. Beechcraft only used the T-tail on the Skipper and on the four-place, twin engine Duchess trainer. Today the Skipper is still used as a primary trainer, touring aircraft, and by private owners.