27/03 2005, updated 31/10 2011 by MS
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:
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