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2 x 210 h.p. ea.
93 U.S. gallons
The Cessna Skymaster (officially Cessna 337 Skymaster) is an entry level, twin engine aircraft used by civil aviation and the military.
In line engines are able to provided better control than standard twin engine aircraft in the event of an engine-out situation.
Cessna Skymaster civilian aircraft first took to the sky in 1961. The military version first flew in 1967. They were deployed in Vietnam, primarily for observation purposes.
Flying the Cessna Skymaster is easier than flying most twins with engines on their wings. You light up the back engine, make sure all is okay, than the front one.
Visibility from the pilot seat is excellent. The airplane sits in a level position on the ground. It steers easily. Surprisingly, cabin sound level does not appear to be higher than conventional twin engine aircraft. However, engine vibrations do enter the cabin.
Once the takeoff roll begins, the aircraft feels very much like any other light twin. Getting into the air after a moderate run is easy. The Cessna Skymaster will easily climb out at 1,000+ feet per minute. The airplane smooths out bumpy chop throughout its speed range.
At higher speeds it takes a bit more pressure to move the ailerons than on other light twins. However, the amount of pressure necessary to move the controls never becomes uncomfortable.
While not apparent in standard flight, the in-line engines can be of great advantage in an engine out situation. There is no need to stand on a rudder peddle to compensate for loss of engine power to one side or the other of the aircraft. Anyone who is comfortable flying a higher performance single engine aircraft will easily adapt to the Cessna Skymaster.
Landings are easy. The flaps slow the aircraft well. Reducing power to idle over the end of the runway produces a gentle float and touch down. The landing gear does a good job of absorbing the weight of the aircraft as it touches the runway. The brakes work well in bringing the Cessna Skymaster down to taxi speed quickly.
The aircraft have served in many countries around the world. A total of 2,993 Cessna Skymaster aircraft of all types were manufactured through 1982.
The Cessna Skymaster from Wendell Hostetler's Plans has a wingspan of 119 in. with a length of 93 in. All up weight is around 38 lbs. It will need at least a 1.8 c.i.d. engine for power.