The Beech Model 23 was manufactured from 1961 until approximately 1980, under various names such as Sierra, Sundowner, Sport and Musketeer, to serve the market for a small, inexpensive private recreational aircraft.
Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft were first purchased by the Canadian Forces in 1970 to replace the capable but increasingly difficult to maintain Chipmunk ab-initio trainers. Although not an ideal aircraft for the role, the Musketeer served capably in the guise of a pilot selection vehicle and primary flying trainer. Derived from the stock civilian Beechcraft, the Canadian military models featured a second access door. In 1981, primarily due to structural problems, the original Musketeers were replaced by a newer, improved version based on the Sundowner. These later aircraft were designated CT-134A or Musketeer II in CF service.
Designation: CT-134 / CT-134A Model No: 23
TOS: 1970 SOS: 1992 No: 25 CT-134
Service: CF 25 CT-134A
Crew / Passengers: 2 pilots + up to 2 passengers
Powerplant: Lycoming 0-360-A4K 360 cu in reciprocal engine with 180 hp
Performance: Max Speed: 132kts ( 245 km/h)
Range: 690 m (1,110 km)
Weights: Gross: 2,350 lbs (1,113 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 32 ft 9 in ( 9.99 m) Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Original Cost: CT-134 $25,195 CT-134A $150,610