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Piper PA-36 Pawnee Brave
Piper PA-36 Brave - PT-6 Turbine Engine Powered - N3820E
1978 Piper PA-36 Brave
N3820E (sn 36-7802016) powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine.
Photo taken Mar.19 2010
Moses Lake Airport, WA - USA (W20)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

Piper PA-36 Pawnee Brave is a 1970s American single-engined, low-wing, propeller driven agricultural aircraft built by Piper Aircraft.

Design and development

The PA-36 was first announced in 1972 as a new version of the PA-25 Pawnee with a more powerful 285 hp Continental Tiara 6-285 flat six engine. The aircraft had a new wing, improved ventilation and heating system, and a larger standard hopper of 30 ft³ (0.85m³). An optional 38 ft³ (1.08 m³) hopper was also available. The type entered service in 1973.

In 1977 a new version the PA-36 Pawnee Brave 300 became available with a 300 hp (224 kW) Avco Lycoming IO-540-K1G5 engine. The original aircraft was redesignated the PA-36 Pawnee Brave 285. In 1978 the Brave 300 became the standard model and another more powerful model was introduced, the PA-36 Brave 375 with a 375 hp (280 kW) Avco Lycoming IO-720-D1CD flat-eight engine.

In 1981 Piper sold the rights in the design to WTA Incorporated, who marketed two versions from 1982 with 375 hp and 400 hp (298 kW) engines as the New Brave 375 and New Brave 400 respectively. It had built a total of 150 New Braves by 1987.


  • PA-36 Pawnee II
    Prototype powered by a 260hp Lycoming engine
  • PA-36-285 Pawnee Brave
    Production version, powered by a 285 hp Continental Tiara 6-285 piston engine.
  • PA-36-300 Pawnee Brave 300
    Pawnee Brave with a 300 hp Avco Lycoming IO-540-K1G5 engine, from 1978 named the Brave 300.
  • PA-36-375 Brave 375
    Variant with a 375 hp Avco Lycoming IO-720-D1CD engine.
  • PA-36 New Brave 375
    WTA-built variant powered by a 375 hp piston engine.
  • PA-36 New Brave 400
    WTA-built variant powered by a 400 hp piston enigne.

Specifications (New Brave 375)

General characteristics
Crew: 1
Payload: 38 cu ft (1.08 m³) capacity hopper/tank
275 US Gallons (1,041 L) liquids
2,200 lb (998 kg) dry chemicals
Length: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 9½ in (11.82 m)
Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Wing area: 225.65 ft² (20.96 m²)
Airfoil: NACA 633-618
Empty weight: 2,465 lb (1,118 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 4,800 lb (2,177 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Avco Lycoming IO-720-D1C flat-eight air-cooled piston engine, 375 hp (279 kW)

Maximum speed: 142 mph (229 km/h, 123 knots) (crop sprayer)
Cruise speed: 136 mph (219 km/h, 118 knots)
Range: 452 miles (727 km, 392 nmi)
Rate of climb: 920 ft/min (4.7 m/s)

Last updated September 19, 2010
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