|O-2A Version designed for use in forward air control missions, with underwing ordnance hard points to hold rockets, gun pods or flares. 513 aircraft delivered.|
The compressions are excellent for both forward and rear engines.
In 1966, the United States Air Force (USAF) commissioned Cessna to build a military variant of the Skymaster to replace the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog. Both the civilian and military Skymasters were low-cost twin-engine piston-powered aircraft, with one engine in the nose of the aircraft and a second in the rear of the fuselage. The push-pull configuration provided centerline thrust, allowing simpler operation than the low-wing mounting of most twin-engine light aircraft, and allowed a high wing to be used, providing clear observation below and behind the aircraft.
M337B with serial#337-M0013
I have complete USAF issued Flight Manual(1983) and complete USAF Technical Manual(1984) for this version of O2A.
Combat history with the USAF in SouthEast Asia 23 TASS Group
stopped at 3308 hrs TT in 1970 and records indicate a transfer back to USAF
ANG Battle Creek/MI in 1971.
Modifications made for the military configuration included fore-and-aft seating for a pilot and observer, instead of the six seats of the civilian version; installation of view panels in the doors (for improved ground observation); installation of flame-retardant foam in the wing-mounted fuel tanks (slightly increasing weight, and reducing maximum fuel capacity by 3%); installation of military, rather than civilian, communication and navigation equipment and antennas; removal of propeller spinners; increased gross weight (5,400 lb vs. 4,400 lb in civilian version), with component strengthening as required to support the increase; and removal of interior upholstery.
This O2A has been in of a lot of airshows in the Warbird section and ground displays, as well I flew it in production of several movies.
|Model:||337 skymaster warbird|