The Beechcraft Musketeer, Sierra and sundowners were a series of inexpensive, lightweight, single-engine low -deck of the U.S. aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft whose versions was built from 1963 to 1993. In addition to a pilot can be promoted depending on the version of between three and five people.
The first model in the series was the Model 23 Musketeer, which first flew on 23 October 1963, the starting point of a whole range of models and versions was. The designed low-wing aircraft had a rigid chassis and a fixed pitch propeller. Some parts were made of plastic honeycomb design, which was a novelty at that time. The Musketeer was initially powered by a boxer engine Lycoming O -320- D2B with 160 hp and cost $ 13,300. A year later, a version with the Continental IO -346 -A 165 HP payable.
In 1966, the Model 19 Musketeer Sport with the weaker 150 -horsepower engine Lycoming O -320- E2C and only two instead of three windows. From this there was later versions A19, B19, and M19 sport. A total of 922 Model 19 were built in the period from 1966 to 1979.
1968 the version B23 Musketeer Custom that paid by a 180 hp Lycoming O -360 - A4J was driven. 1970 was followed by the C23 Musketeer Custom, which was renamed in Model C23 Sundowner 1972. From this there was again a two-seater sports version with 150 -horsepower engine and from 1974 a sixteenth -seat Model 24 Sierra with the 200 hp Lycoming IO-360 - A1B engine for the price of $ 24,950. A total of 2331 C23 and C24 744 built.