|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).
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.