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1968 Cessna 310N
1968 Cessna 310N
1965 Cessna 310J
1965 Cessna 310J

The Cessna 310 was the first twin-engine aircraft design from Cessna to enter production after World War II. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1510x974, 320 KB) Cessna 310N (UK registration G-YHPV, year of build 1968) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1510x974, 320 KB) Cessna 310N (UK registration G-YHPV, year of build 1968) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England. ... Airbus A380 An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... Cessna Aircraft Company, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, from small two-seat, single-engine airplanes to business jets. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ...

The 310 first flew on January 3, 1953 with deliveries starting in late 1954. The sleek modern lines of the new twin were backed up by innovative features such as engine exhaust thrust augmentor tubes and the storage of all fuel in tip tanks in early models. In 1964, the engine exhaust was changed to flow under the wing instead of the agumentor tubes, which were considered to be noisy. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The initial test flying was done by E. B. "Fritz" Feutz. He also did the first flight on the Cessna 172 and others.



Typical of Cessna model naming conventions, a letter was added after the model number to identify changes to the original design over the years. The first significant upgrade to the 310 series was the 310C in 1959, which introduced more powerful 195 kW (260 hp) Continental IO-470-D engines. In 1960 the 310D featured swept back vertical tail surfaces. An extra cabin window was added with the 310F. The 320 Skynight was developed from the 310F, which featured turbocharged TSIO-470-B engines and a fourth cabin side-window. The Skyknight was in production between 1961 and 1969 (the 320E was named the Executive Skyknight), when it was replaced by the similar Turbo 310. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Continental Motors is a corporation in Mobile, Alabama, USA, that produces aircraft engines. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Air foil bearing-supported turbocharger cutaway made by Mohawk Innovative Technology Inc. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

The 310G introduced the 'stabilatip' tip tanks, while the 310K replaced the rear two windows with a single unit. Subsequent developments include the 310Q and turbocharged T310Q with redesigned rear cabin with a skylight window, and the final 310R and T310R, identifiable for their lengthened noses. Production ended in 1980. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

The Cessna 310-B Songbird, registration N5348A, gained fame from being featured in the popular TV show Sky King during the late 1950s. See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... Sky King was a 1940s and 1950s American radio and television adventure series featuring Arizona rancher and airplane pilot Schuyler or Skyler King. ... The 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ...

Commercial applications

The Cessna 310 was a common charter aircraft for the many air taxi firms that sprang up in the general aviation boom that followed WWII. The advantages to the Cessna 310 over its contemporaries, such as the Piper Aztec, were its speed, operating costs and after market modifications such as the Robertson STOL kits which made it popular world wide for its bush flying characteristics. It could access short fields while at the same time carrying a large useful load of 2000 lb. or more at high speeds for a twin engine piston aircraft. General aviation (abbr. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... Piper Aztec The Piper PA-23, named Apache and later Aztec, was the first twin-engine aircraft built by Piper Aircraft. ...

Other competitive planes to the Cessna 310 include the Raytheon (Beech) Baron, the Piper Seneca and arguably, some models of the Aero Commander.

On October 4, 1975, a Cessna 310Q chartered by Jim Crockett Promotions crashed in Wilmington, North Carolina on way from Charlotte to a wrestling show in Wilmington. This was the infamous plane crash that nearly ended the career of Ric Flair. October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... For other places called Wilmington, see Wilmington Wilmington is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. ... Flag Nickname: Formal: The Queen City, Hornets Nest - Informal: The City of Churches, Tree City USA Location Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Government Country State Counties United States North Carolina Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Geographical characteristics Area 280. ... Richard Morgan Fleihr (born February 25, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee), better known by his ring name The Nature Boy Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestler currently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its RAW brand. ...

As of 2006, many Cessna 310s were in operation in air taxi service world wide. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Military applications (U-3)

In 1957, the US Air Force selected the Cessna 310 for service as a light utility aircraft for transport and administrative support. The USAF purchased 160 unmodified 310 aircraft using the original designation L-27A, later changed to U-3A. An additional 35 upgraded U-3B models were delivered in 1960-61; these aircraft were equipped with the more powerful engines used in the 310C, and can be identified by their extra cabin windows, longer nose and swept vertical fin. USAF pilots often referred to the U-3 as the "Blue Canoe." 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Seal of the Air Force. ...

Countries known to have operated the U-3 include Colombia, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Iran, Madagascar, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States (Air Force & Army), Venezuela, Uruguay, and Zaire.


  • Length: 23 ft 11 in (9.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 11 in (11.2 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 8 in (3.3 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,347 lb (1,518 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 5,500 lb (2,495 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 238 mph (383 km/h)
  • Range: 1,440 mi (2,668 km)
  • Powerplant: 2 Continental IO-470-M flat-6 piston engines
  • Power: 240 hp (179 kW) each

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External links

  • U-3 description at GlobalSecurity.org



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