Cessna Model 206 Super Skywagon / 207 / Stationair


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Cessna Model 206

Cessna's Model 185 had the civil name Skywagon and when an improved version was evolved this was designated Cessna Model 206 Super Skywagon. Changes included replacement of the tailwheel landing gear with one of tricycle type; introduction of conical-camber wingtips to reduce induced drag; enlargement of the tailplane and flaps; addition of double cargo doors measuring 1.22 by 0.91m; and a more powerful 213kW Continental IO-520-A flat-six engine. Production of the Model 206 ended in 1964, but examples remain in service with several armed forces.

On 3 January 1969 Cessna flew the first production example of the lengthened seven-seat Model 207, which reverted to the name Skywagon. This introduced a second access door on the starboard side; a 54kg capacity baggage compartment, forward of the cabin; and the more powerful IO-520-J engine. Both the Models 206 and 207 can be flown with cargo doors removed for the air-dropping of supplies, parachuting and photography. Both can carry a 136kg glassfibre cargo pack beneath the fuselage, and ambulance kits comprising a stretcher, oxygen supply, and attendant seat are available. The Model 207 also serves with several armed services.

When production of the original Model 206 Super Skywagon ended in 1964, three new versions were introduced for" 1965. Since that time there have been several changes in name and designation of both Model 206s and Model207s and it is clearer to list them below as variants.

Replaced by the Model 208 Caravan, volume production of the 206 and 207 ended in 1985, although around 100 more airframes were produced and sold. By 31 December 1987, no less than 7,652 Model 206 Skywagon and Stationairs had been delivered, including 643 Super Skylane luxury versions.

Cessna Model 207 Stationair 7A three-view drawing of Cessna Model 207 Stationair 7 (800 x 435)

 MODELCessna Turbo-Stationair 8 Type
 ENGINE1 x Continental TSIO-520-M flat-six piston engine, 231kW
  Take-off weight1724 kg3801 lb
  Empty weight990 kg2183 lb
  Wingspan10.92 m36 ft 10 in
  Length9.8 m32 ft 2 in
  Height2.92 m10 ft 7 in
  Wing area16.16 m2173.94 sq ft
  Max. speed315 km/h196 mph
  Cruise speed298 km/h185 mph
  Ceiling7925 m26000 ft
  Range1130 km702 miles

Pix Maker, e-mail, 21.08.2013 15:28

Took delivery of my TU-206G, N422RK for aerial mapping photography in early 80's. Terrific platform for air photo from 25,000 ft and down. Best IFR flight ever was non-stop from Las Vegas, NM to Nashville, TN. ATC kept clearing me above FL180 till at FL250, I was doing nearly 250mph over the ground.. Best of Best rides ever. Sold to another Air Photo guy out of Colorado. Last I heard, it was still flying in Mexico, somewhere.


Fred Daugherty, e-mail, 20.01.2011 16:41

I X /C C-206 #5234U Ont.Cal. to Napa,Ca. 1968. Was told that same a /c had crash landed years prior at Napa.anybody know details? I was 23 at time.


Bob Leonard, e-mail, 27.10.2010 09:25

We used the C-206 for wildlife work in Africa. As mentioned in these other comments, it takes a big load and gets in and out of poor sandy rough strips. Flies like all those other Cessna models!


Jim Swickard, e-mail, 16.10.2010 07:01

In '99 I took delivery of a new T206H at the factory. Ten years later it still looks and feels like new, performs very well and out hauls most light twins. With additional tankage, longer wing, belly pod, vortex generators, float kit and the larger tires, it's truly a 'Suburban' of the air.


Roy M. Jones, e-mail, 07.10.2010 05:29

As people say, it flys like the rest of single Cessna's, had 3 of them, 1964, 1966, and 1968. The 66 was faster than the 68, it would walkoff and leave it at the same power setting. An great cargo aircraft and people hauler, go anywhere, bush or big airports, at 162 miles an hour.


Blake McKinley, e-mail, 16.03.2010 16:02

We have a TU206H. It is a great family transporter as well as a stable instrument platform. We have taken a number of family trips and I regularly use it to travel to meetings. The cargo doors make loading the cavernous cargo area easy. The 206 has been used as a workhorse all over the world, it is too bad that Cessna did not engineer this airplane for "Known Ice".


Larry Morrow, e-mail, 04.03.2010 03:58

In November of 1971 I had a job flying drugs in a turbo 207 Cessna. I flew off the Keahole Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. The flights were to Honolulu where I would pick up supplies for the drug store back on the Big Island of Hawaii. This aircraft could haul about anything you could close the door on. As a matter of fact it had the capability of hauling a "Whale". On 12-18-1971 my cargo was a 1,350 pound live baby pygmy killer whale that I transported in that C-207 from the Island of Hawaii to Honolulu. Because of the fragile condition of the baby whale I elected to fly at wave top level and I flew directly across the open ocean to Oahu where this little whale became an attraction at Sea World. I also flew volcano tours when the fire Gods were active. I really liked this aircraft and it flew like most of the rest of the Cessna single engine fleet.


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