PA-23 160 Apache
The PA-23 was the first twin-engined Piper aircraft, and was developed from a proposed "Twin Stinson" design, inherited when Piper bought the Stinson Division of the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. The prototype PA-23 was a four-seat low-wing all-metal monoplane with a twin tail, powered by two 125 hp Lycoming O-290-D piston engines.
Some 2,047 Apaches were built over the years. At first, well-heeled individuals and corporations used them as comfortable business transportation. They later trickled down into every aspect of general aviation, finding an enduring niche as a multi-engine trainer.
A pilot newly introduced to the cabin of the Apache invariably takes some time to survey the domain. There is a certain majesty to the left seat. One sits regally, on high, and somewhat removed from the mere mortals in the passenger seats.