The Piper PA-24 Comanche is a
four-seat, low-wing, all-metal, light aircraft of monocoque
construction with retractable landing gear that was first
flown in 1957. Together with the Twin Comanche, it made up
the core of the Piper Aircraft line-up until 1972, when the
production lines for both aircraft were wiped out in a flood.
flight characteristics made the Comanche a popular airplane
for IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flying. Dual Nav/Com radios
and an optional auto-pilot made long-distance flying comfortable.