YouTube – Cessna 421
2 x 375 hp ea.
36 ft. 10 in.
41 ft. 2 in.
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle aircraft are known for their roomy pressurized cabin and exceptional passenger comfort. The aircraft have been around since the late 1960’s. They are being replaced by more streamlined and reliable aircraft that have lower operating costs.
The geared turbocharged engines of the Cessna 421 have had their share of problems, including shorter than expected MTBF (mean time between failure) times. They are particularly sensitive to quick changes in power settings.
Other than its engines, the aircraft exhibits average wear characteristics. The most economical performance of the aircraft is at altitudes above 12,000 feet.
Flying the Cessna 421
Flying the Cessna 421 takes a firm touch, but flight characteristics are extremely steady. The cockpit is roomy with the instruments logically located. The aircraft exhibits good single-engine manners, helped by its large rudder. Crosswind landings are easily managed. The center of gravity of the aircraft, particularly when flying without any baggage in the nose, can result in tail heavy flight characteristics.
The cabin of the aircraft is quiet and very roomy, but the aircraft’s payload is somewhat limited. There is more than ample room for luggage.
Over 1,900 Cessna 421 Golden Eagle aircraft of all types were built from 1965 to 1985.
RC Cessna 421
The RC Cessna 421 from Wendell Hostetler Plans is available in two sizes. The smaller has a wingspan of 118 in. and a length of 105 in. It needs from 3.6 – 8.0 cid engine power. The larger RC Cessna 421 builds to a wingspan of 133 in. and is 118 in. long. Engines can be from 4.0 – 8.0 cid.