Cessna 320 Skyknight. Characteristics. Photography
Cessna 320 Skyknight. Characteristics. Photography

Cessna 320 Skyknight. Characteristics. Photography


The Cessna 320 Skyknight is a deeply modified version of the American light aircraft Cessna 310F, which is very different both in its design and in a number of technical characteristics.


Photo Cessna 320 Skyknight


The original name of the light-engine twin-screw aircraft Cessna 320 Skyknight appeared with the release of the Cessna 310S model from the American aircraft factory Cessna, which, incidentally, indicated the letter in the additional index of this aircraft. The initial appearance of the base production model of the Cessna 320 Skyknight did not involve any technical innovations, with the exception of a new engine, as well as some improvements in the aircraft cabin, however, production was mainly associated with the need to replace the previous, 310th model, and it is worth clarifying , aircraft manufacturers failed to gain much popularity for the Cessna 320 Skyknight.

As the power plant was decided to use a turbocharged engine piston Continental TSIO-470-B power in 240 hp, with the use of the old power plant it was mainly due to the simplicity of its operation, high reliability and low maintenance enough. However, the first model, which became the five-seat, lasted long enough - for the period of production was vypushena only 25 aircraft, after which, aeronautical engineer decided to give the model a new name - Cessna 320 Skyknight.


Cessna 320E photo


Unlike its basic version, is meant model Cessna 310S, new small-engine aircraft Cessna 320 Skyknight was a six, for that, the American aircraft manufacturers had to extend the fuselage of the aircraft, lengthen it for about 114 see. In addition, the engineers of the Cessna had to increase and cockpit, allowing the comfort of an air craft seriously increased. In total, over the period of production, it was possible to release 110 aircraft model Cessna 320 Skyknight.

About a year after the appearance of the new model, the assembly line of the American factory went new model - Cessna 320A Skyknight, has received a number of minor changes to the aircraft structure (fuselage reinforced) and new tips fuel tanks that provide the aircraft best aerodynamic performance. However, the production of this model was very limited - aircraft manufacturers produced only 47 aircraft.

Model Cessna 320B Skyknight is an improved modification of the previous version, with extended luggage compartment at the rear of the aircraft fuselage, new passenger seats and a number of additional options. For three years, aircraft manufacturers managed to produce 62 aircraft of this type.

Cessna 320C Skyknight, in contrast to the previous model is a seven-seater light-engine aircraft, however, the significant advantages this aircraft has not found because of lack of comfort with air travel in spite of the fact that the room was slightly lengthened and widened.


Interior Cessna 320 Skyknight


Small-engine aircraft Cessna 320D Executive Skyknight had a new and more productive turbocharged piston aircraft engines Continental TSIO-520-B, total power 570 hp, which allows more efficient to transport seven people over long distances and with greater speed. Among other things, changes were made and the design of the aircraft - the plane had a new rear window, allowing the best to conduct the review. This model, the number of vypushennyh aircraft Steels most popular family of Cessna 320 - 130 aircraft went off the assembly line of the American Aviation Plant.

Unlike their predecessors, the model Cessna 320E Executive Skyknight had a number of changes, including the modified design of the bow, one-piece windshield, modified chassis, the increased maximum takeoff weight, reinforced by additional fuselage bulkheads, etc.

The final model of the family has become a version of the Cessna 320 Cessna 320F Executive Skyknight, received a number of minor changes designed to ensure the aircraft modern appearance and the interior design of the cabin. It was supposed to equip the aircraft with modern avionics, but due to lack of customers, it was decided to abandon the idea.


Specifications Cessna 320 Skyknight.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 5 people (depending on version);
  • aircraft Length: 9,37 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 10,7 m .;
  • Plane Height: 3,20 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1340 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 763 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2103 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 334 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 362 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1683 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 6100 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 x Continental O-470-B (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 x 240 hp (Depending on version).


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