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Cessna O-2 Skymaster

Observation Platform Aircraft

Cessna O-2 Skymaster

Observation Platform Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Cessna O-2 Skymaster superceded the Cessna L-1 Bird Dog in United States Air Force service.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1967
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Cessna - USA
PRODUCTION: 532
OPERATORS: Botswana; Chile; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Ivory Coast; Haiti; Namibia; Solomon Islands; South Korea; South Vietnam; United States; Zimbabwe
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Cessna O-2 Skymaster model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 29.76 feet (9.07 meters)
WIDTH: 38.16 feet (11.63 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.15 feet (2.79 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 2,866 pounds (1,300 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 5,512 pounds (2,500 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Continental IO-360C 6-cylinder engines developing 210 horsepower in push-pull configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 200 miles-per-hour (322 kilometers-per-hour; 174 knots)
RANGE: 1,325 miles (2,132 kilometers; 1,151 nautical miles)
CEILING: 18,012 feet (5,490 meters; 3.41 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,180 feet-per-minute (360 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



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






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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (200mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Cessna O-2 Skymaster's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
532
532

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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