Cessna 185 Skywagon. A photo. Characteristic.
Cessna 185 Skywagon. A photo. Characteristic.

Cessna 185 Skywagon. A photo. Characteristic.

Cessna 185 Skywagon (Heavenly wagon) is an American a six-light-engine multi-purpose aircraft. For 24-year release period was made 4482 aircraft of this model, however, due the popularity of the plane and could not get it.


Cessna 185 Skywagon photo


The main purpose of the aircraft Cessna 185 Skywagon was an attempt to replace170-th modelmanufactured in the mid-50-ies. The main distinguishing features of Cessna 185 Skywagon became a powerful new engine capable of developing up to 300 hp, the ability to perform fly at high speed, improved handling and maneuverability, as well as increased structural strength.

Reinforced fuselage of Cessna 185 Skywagon perfectly suited for joint transportation of passengers and cargo, while ensuring best flight safety, however, with new engineering solutions, there was a very negative point - significantly increased the price, which, of course, led to a reduction in orders.

It is worth noting that the Cessna 185 Skywagon very strongly resembles the designCessna 180 Skywagon, From which it was inherited by the name of "heavenly wagon", however, if the fuselage and preserved, then filling the aircraft was almost completely replaced by, in particular, it concerns the power plant, avionics, internal cab design, enhance internal fuselage walls and so on. d.

His first flight of small-engine plane Cessna 185 Skywagon made in 1960 year, however, the model wore only a test character and was originally almost identical copy of the Cessna 180 Skywagon, however, after a year of various modifications, aircraft engineer could create a powerful and modern aircraft. Among other things, if in previous models Cessna aircraft had only two options chassis - a common and float, the current model, aeronautical engineer also offered its customers a ski chassis and chassis in the manner of amphibians.


Amphibious Cessna 185 Skywagon


About a year after the appearance of the base production model Cessna 185 Skywagon, American engineers have presented a new modification - Cessna 185A Skywagon, different number of different options, such as the ability to install different types of chassis, adjustable seats the pilot and passengers, etc.

After another 10 months, went off the assembly line a new model - Cessna 185B Skywagon, which has a number of design features of the cab, without change any technical parameters.


Cabin Cessna 185 Skywagon


Model Cessna 185S Skywagon got a new wing profile, allowing a maximum flight altitude was increased and improved controllability of the aircraft.

Modification Cessna 185D Skywagon received increased capacity fuel tanks, so there was a possibility to make air travel for distances up to 1250 km, which satisfy the majority of operators.

In the autumn of the year 1965, the American aircraft manufacturers have presented another model that has enhanced maneuverability and flight range - Cessna 185E Skywagon. Along with the release of this modification, there was also technically modified version of Cessna A185E Skywagon & AgCarryall, having a new piston engine Continental IO-520-D power in 300 hp, higher flight speed, as well as increasing the maximum weight vzlёtnym.

In 1973 year, a decision on the design of the previous model has been processed, resulting in the modification appeared Cessna A185F Skywagon & AgCarryall, meeting modern requirements for small-engine aircraft and has new avionics means.

Among other things, the company's aircraft "Cessna", developed on the basis of a successful civil construction built as inexpensive to manufacture and operation of multi-purpose aircraft. Both of these qualities make it ideal for military support program of the Ministry of Defense, and the machines were delivered to Bolivia, Costa Rica, Laos and South Vietnam.

Those who exploited this aircraft quickly appreciated the enhanced design of the aircraft, which allowed it to be converted into the first, capable of taking off and landing on most (including hastily prepared) runways. To further increase the cargo capacity on the Skyvagen airplane, it is possible to install a fiberglass cargo container. The airplane model 185 was selected by the US Air Force in 1963, the Air Force gave it a new designation U-17. At first, about 262 of modification A aircraft was built, followed by 205 Bravo aircraft with a smaller engine. A number of countries, including South Africa, also purchased a small number of 185 aircraft directly from Cessna.


Cessna 206 Skywagon photo


In addition to its use in the main role of a general-purpose aircraft "Skayvegen" also continued the tradition of advanced aircraft control planes. This problem is sometimes performed 185 model airplanes army aviation Turkey, the number of which reaches 100 copies (the largest park in the world). Currently, the Air Force at least ten countries operate aircraft model 185 / U-17. As planes 0-1 and 0-2, «Skayvegen" has received in recent years a second life in the movement of historic military aircraft, and again mainly in North America.


Specifications Cessna 185 Skywagon.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 5 people;
  • aircraft Length: 7,85 m .;
  • Wingspan: 10,92 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,36 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 793 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Payload: 727 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1520 kg. (Depending on the modification);
  • Cruising speed: 269 km \ h. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight speed: 287 km \ h. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1333 km. (Depending on the modification);
  • Maximum flight height: 5230 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Continental IO-520-D (depending on version);
  • Power: 300 hp (Depending on version).


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