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Cessna O-2 Skymaster

Observation Platform Aircraft

The Cessna O-2 Skymaster superceded the Cessna L-1 Bird Dog in United States Air Force service.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/24/2018
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Year: 1967
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Manufacturer(s): Cessna - USA
Production: 532
Crew: 2
Length: 29.76 ft (9.07 m)
Width: 38.16 ft (11.63 m)
Height: 9.15 ft (2.79 m)
Weight (Empty): 2,866 lb (1,300 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 5,512 lb (2,500 kg)
Power: 2 x Continental IO-360C 6-cylinder engines developing 210 horsepower in push-pull configuration.
Speed: 200 mph (322 kph; 174 kts)
Ceiling: 18,012 feet (5,490 m; 3.41 miles)
Range: 1,325 miles (2,132 km; 1,151 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,180 ft/min (360 m/min)
Operators: Botswana; Chile; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Ivory Coast; Haiti; Namibia; Solomon Islands; South Korea; South Vietnam; United States; Zimbabwe



Variants / Models

• O-2A - Forward Air Control Variant
• O-2B - Psychological Warfare Variant
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