Cessna T303 Crusader

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Model T303 Crusader
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Cessna T303 Crusader (N11FV)
Role six-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company
First flight February 14, 1978
Number built 315

The Cessna T303 Crusader is an American six-place light twin aircraft built by Cessna Aircraft Company. Production ceased in 1986.

Design and development[edit]

The original Cessna 303 Clipper was first flown on February 14, 1978,[1] it was a low-wing four-seat Lycoming powered twin-engined aircraft that would have competed with the Piper Seminole, Gulfstream American GA-7 Cougar, and Beechcraft Duchess. After market demand for 4-place light twins declined and only one 303 Clipper was built before Cessna redesigned the aircraft as a six-seat twin.

The new model, designated the T303 Crusader first flew on October 17, 1979, with the first deliveries being made in October 1981. The T303 is an all-metal low-wing six-seat twin-engined aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage. At the time it was the first all-new production twin built by Cessna in over a decade. With a declining market only 315 were ever built.

Examples were exported to Europe with several still operating in the United Kingdom in 2012.

Operators[edit]

Military operators[edit]

 Haiti
Armed Forces of Haiti
 Guatemala
Armed Forces of Guatemala

Specifications (T303)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1982-83 [2] and The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage[3]

General characteristics

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 249 mph (216 knots, 400 km/h) at 18,000 ft (5,485 m)
  • Cruise speed: 226 mph (196 knots, 363 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m) (Max cruise, 71% power)
  • Stall speed: 71.5 mph (62 knots, 115 km/h) (CAS), flaps down, power off
  • Range: 1,174 mi (1,020 nmi, 1,891 km)econ cruise at 10,000 ft (3,050 m), 45 min reserves
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 (7,620 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,480 ft/min (7.5 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Taylor 1982, p.346.
  2. ^ Taylor 1982, pp. 346–347.
  3. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
Bibliography
  • Taylor, John W.R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1982-83. London:Jane's Yearbooks, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0748-2.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cessna 303 at Wikimedia Commons