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Cessna O-2 Skymaster

United States (1967)
Picture of Cessna O-2 Skymaster Observation Platform
Picture of Cessna O-2 Skymaster Observation Platform

The Cessna O-2 Skymaster superceded the Cessna L-1 Bird Dog in United States Air Force service.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Cessna O-2 Skymaster Observation Platform.  Entry last updated on 5/27/2012. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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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
NYC
 
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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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Origin: United States
Year: 1967
Type: Observation Platform
Manufacturer(s): Cessna - USA
Production: 532
Global Operators:
Botswana; Chile; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Ivory Coast; Haiti; Namibia; Solomon Islands; South Korea; South Vietnam; United States; Zimbabwe
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
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.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
29.76 ft


Meters
9.07 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
38.16 ft


Meters
11.63 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.15 ft


Meters
2.79 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
2,866 lb


Kilograms
1,300 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
5,512 lb


Kilograms
2,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Continental IO-360C 6-cylinder engines developing 210 horsepower in push-pull configuration.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
200 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
322 kph


Knots
174 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,325 mi


Kilometers
2,132 km


Nautical Miles
1,151 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
18,012 ft


Meters
5,490 m


Miles
3.41 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,180 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
360 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• O-2A - Forward Air Control Variant
• O-2B - Psychological Warfare Variant