Cessna 421 Golden Eagle Information

The Cessna 421 was first produced in May 1967. The 421A appeared in 1968 and the aircraft was redesigned in 1970 and marketed as the 421B. In 1975 the 421C appeared which featured wet wings, the absence of wingtip fuel tanks and landing gear that was changed from straight-leg to a trailing-link design from the 1981 model year onwards. Production ended in 1985 after 1,901 aircraft had been delivered.

The 421 was first certified on 1 May 1967 and shares a common type certificate with models 401, 402 411, 414 and 425.

Some 421s have been modified to accept turboprop engines, making them very similar to the Cessna 425, which itself is a turboprop development of the 421.

 

General Aircraft Characteristics

  • Crew: One or two
  • Capacity: Six passengers
  • Length: 36 ft 9⅝ in (11.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 1½ in (12.53 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 5⅜ in (3.49 m)
  • Wing area: 215 ft² (19.97 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,501 lb (2,041 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,450 lb (3,379 kg)
  • Pressurised 6-8 seat cabin twin.
  • Powerplant: 2 × Continental GTSIO-520-L turbocharged, fuel injected and geared six-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled piston engine, 375 hp (280 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 256 knots (475 km/h, 295 mph) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Cruise speed: 240 knots (444 km/h, 276 mph) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m) (75% power)
  • Range: 1,487 nmi (2,755 km, 1,712 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 30,200 ft (9,205 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,940 ft/min (9.9 m/s)