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Since Cessna no longer produces the 421, you can't buy new.

You can find that the used Cessna 421 price range is currently anywhere from $189,000 up to $630,000 or more on Aircraft For Sale.

Cessna 421s are a good value for several reasons: they offer excellent cruise speed and range and a pressurized cabin to maximize comfortability.

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The Cessna 421, introduced in 1968, targeted buyers seeking enhanced carrying capacity and performance without the high costs of turboprops. Powered by Continental GTSIO-520 geared engines producing 375 horsepower each, the aircraft faced challenges due to high stress, resulting in a short service life with an original TBO of 1,200 hours, later extended to 1,600 hours. While costly to overhaul at an estimated $31,000 per engine, it was comparatively less than its competitors.

The initial model shared features with smaller 400-series Cessna twins, featuring Stabila-Tip fuel tanks, a 170-gallon fuel system, and electromechanical landing gear. With a maximum gross weight of 6,800 pounds, it had a standard fuel system range of 800 miles, extendable to nearly 1,200 miles with an optional 255-gallon system. The 421's success was evident with 200 units sold in its first year.

In 1976, the 421C incorporated sweeping design changes, replacing Stabila-Tip tanks with a bonded wet-wing fuel system, increasing the standard fuel capacity to 213 gallons. This design change enhanced stability, handling, and single-engine performance. The hydraulic landing gear replaced the electromechanical system, improving reliability. The C model had a maximum gross weight of 7450 pounds, similar to the B, but with a higher standard empty weight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much fuel does a Cessna 421 burn?

The fuel burn rate of a Cessna 421 can vary based on factors such as cruise altitude, airspeed, weight, and specific engine modifications. On average, a Cessna 421 burns approximately 40-50 gallons per hour (GPH) during cruise.

How fast does the Cessna 421 go?

The cruising speed of the Cessna 421 depends on various factors, including the specific model, engine configuration, altitude, and weather conditions. However, the cruising speed of a Cessna 421 typically falls in the range of 195 to 215 knots.

How far can a Cessna 421 fly?

The maximum range of a Cessna 421 can vary depending on factors such as fuel capacity, weight, altitude, weather conditions, and power settings. However, the standard fuel system gave a range of some 800 miles, while an optional 255-gallon system boosted the range to nearly 1,200 miles. Owners say the higher fuel capacity is much prized and worth looking for.

It's important to note that this is an approximate range, and actual range may vary based on the specific model and configuration of the aircraft, as well as the operational considerations such as wind, altitude changes, and reserves for safety.