The James Bond Vehicle Library

Piper Cherokee PA-28
Pussy Galore's Flying Circus just landed
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Published 27/03-2005
Updated 31/10-2011 06:10

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The female stunt pilots of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus were supposed to spray lethal nerve gas from their planes over Fort Knox military base to prepare the way for Goldfinger.

The Piper Cherokee PA-28 entered the line of Piper planes as replacement of Tripacer and Colt models. First time this nice low wing plane flew was on 14.01.1960. Commercial models PA28-140 (powered by 150 hp Lycoming engine) entered market in 1961. Responding to the customers requests the company introduced PA28-180 with a 180HP engine and - in consequence - PA28-235 with 235HP engine in 1963. Since this time with various modifications (even named differently but based on the same design) Piper PA-28 became very popular plane for the low budget flying enthousiasts. Various models are still produced - Counting only versions with fixed gear, Piper sold over 30.000 units.

From 5 Planes used in 'Goldfinger', 4 are still noted in FAA registers as private possession (5th registration is unrecognised). We guess planes are still operational (however...N7489W crashed in December 1964 during landing).

The 'Goldfinger' planes:

  • Registration: N5781W
    Model: Piper PA28-150 Cherokee
    Serial number: 28-1658
    Year: 1964
    Engine: Lycoming/0-320 series
    Location: Tennessee, USA
  • Registration: N6056W
    Model: PIPER PA-28-140 Cherokee
    Serial number: 28-200680
    Year: 1964
    Engine: Lycoming/O-32 series
    Location: Idaho, USA
  • Registration: N7489W
    Model: PIPER PA-28-180 Cherokee
    Serial number: 28-1400
    Year: 1963
    Engine: Lycoming/O&VO-360 series 180hp (Reciprocating engine)
    Location: Illinois, USA
  • Registration: N8729
    Model: PIPER Model PA-28-235 Cherokee
    Serial number: 28-1400
    Year: 1964
    Engine: Lycoming/0-540 series 250hp
    Location: possibly Nevada, USA ?
by MS

007 relation

Goldfinger (1964)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle

Technical data

  • Manufactor: Piper Aircraft, Inc., USA
  • Model: Piper Cherokee PA28-140
  • Engine: Lycoming O320-E2A
  • Power: 150hp at 2700rpm
  • Max T/O weight: 975kg (2.150lb)
  • Empty weight: 558kg (1.230lb)
  • Wingspan: 9,14m (30 ft)
  • Overall length: 7,08m (23ft 3in)
  • Height: 2,21m (7ft 3in)
  • Wing area: 14,86 m2 (160 sqft)
  • Cruise speed: 188,9kmh at 3657,6m altitude
    (102 kn at 12,000 ft altitude)
  • Max range (with reserve): ca 1.080km (583nm)
  • Best rate of climb: 201m/min (660ft/min)
  • Service ceiling: 4.359m (14.300ft)
  • Takeoff ground roll: 244m (800ft)
  • Landing ground roll: 151m (495ft)
  • Capacity: pilot + 3 passengers

Gadgets

  • 2 gas cylinders under each wing

Sources

Links:

  • Piper - The Piper Aircraft, Inc.