Cessna T303 Crusader
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|Model T303 Crusader|
|Cessna T303 Crusader (N11FV)|
|Role||six-seat cabin monoplane|
|Manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|First flight||February 14, 1978|
Design and development
The original Cessna 303 Clipper was first flown on February 14, 1978, 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 four-place light twins declined, 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 built.
Examples were exported to Europe with several still operating in the United Kingdom in 2012. 2 Flying in Goondiwindi, Queensland Australia.
- Crew: one
- Capacity: five passengers
- Length: 30 ft 5 in (9.27 m)
- Wingspan: 39 ft 0½ in (11.90 m)
- Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.06 m)
- Wing area: 189.2 sq ft (17.58 m²)
- Airfoil: NACA 23017 (root), NACA 23012 (tip)
- Empty weight: 3,305 lb (1,499 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 5,150 lb (2,336 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Continental TSIO-520-AE/LTSIO-520-AE turbocharged air-cooled flat-six piston engine, 250 hp (186 kW) each
- 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 ft (7,620 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,480 ft/min (7.5 m/s)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Taylor 1982, p.346.
- Taylor 1982, pp. 346–347.
- Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Taylor, John W.R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1982-83. London:Jane's Yearbooks, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0748-2.
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