Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CESSNA 185 “SKYWAGON”


1961–81



STANDARD DATA: 1961-65) Seats 5-6. Gross wt. 3,200. Empty wt. 1,520. Fuel capacity 84. Engine 260-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 176. Cruise mph 165. Stall mph 62. Initial climb rate 1,000. Ceiling 17,300. Range 885-1,005. Takeoff distance (50') 1,510. Landing distance (50') 1,267.

STANDARD DATA: (1966-80) Seats 6. Gross wt. 3,350. Empty wt. 1,688. Fuel capacity 88. Engine 280-hp Teledyne Continental (300-hp at takeoff).
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 178. Cruise mph 169. Stall mph 56. Initial climb rate 1,075. Ceiling 17,900. Range 742. Takeoff distance (50') 1,430. Landing distance (50') 1,400.

Based upon the 180 airframe, the Skywagon 185 is famous for its size, speed, and ease of flying. For the first five years, it was powered by the 260-hp Continental. That engine was replaced the following year by the 520-cu. in., six-cylinder powerplant rated at 300 hp for takeoff at 2,850 RPM. The 185 will take off in 1,025 feet, climb out at better than 1,000 fpm, and 01-Single-cruise at 167 mph while carrying a 1,663-pound useful load. Fuel injection enhances its all-weather reliability and economical operation. Its high-lift wing with modified Frise all-metal ailerons and 28.8 sq. ft. of Para-Lift flaps afford easy handling over obstacles. A full sixplace aircraft, its seats are easily removable to provide fast change to all-cargo configuration. Its rugged interior and reinforced floor allow it to handle heavy loads, and its double cargo doors facilitate loading. Like the 180, the 185 is easily transformed into a skiplane, floatplane, or amphibian. In 1979, optional wheel fairings were offered to increase speeds by one knot, and a McCauley three-blade propeller could be ordered for smoother, quieter flight and more ground clearance. In addition to the same spray system option offered for the 180, the 185 received a three-blade propeller for lower vibration and a quieter cabin in 1980. Also, the 20-degree flap speed was increased from 90 mph to 110 mph.



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