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Cessna 337 Skymaster

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Cessna Skymaster

A Cessna 337 Super Skymaster.
Part of the contract fleet of Cessna 337 Skymasters on firefighting detection duty with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at Dryden, Ontario, 1996.
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Claim to Fame

The Cessna Skymaster is a unique and somewhat controversial design. In an effort to increase the safety of twin engine aircraft subject to difficult handling should one engine quit, Cessna placed the two engines inline, eliminating the yaw effect of a single operating engine. Although the Skymaster has a better engine out safety record than comparable twins, its overall record is no better. The Skymaster is one of the least expensive twins available, perhaps because its performance is no better than many singles with the additional operating costs of another engine. Despite these questions, this unmistakably distinctive aircraft has attracted a dedicated group of admirers who champion its virtues.

Interesting Cessna 337 Skymaster Fact

Concerned that pilots were taking off unaware that the Skymaster's rear engine wasn't operating, the FAA issued Airworthiness Directive 77-08-05 prohibiting single engine take-offs and requires the installation of a placard that says "DO NOT INITIATE SINGLE ENGINE TAKEOFF". It's uncertain if this warning has been effective.

Quick Cessna 337 Skymaster Specs

Year Introduced1961
Number Built2993
Cruise Speed205 kt
Useful Load1745 lb
Wing Span38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
Range764 mi (664 nmi, 1,220 km)
Rate of Climb1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s)