Cessna 404 Titan

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Titan
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1977 model Cessna 404 Titan II
Role Light passenger/cargo aircraft
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight 26 February 1975
Introduction 1976
Status in use
Produced 1976-1982
Number built 396
Developed from Cessna 402
Variants Cessna 441

The Cessna Model 404 Titan is an American twin-engined, propeller-driven light aircraft built by Cessna Aircraft. It was that company's largest twin piston-engined aircraft at the time of its development in the 1970s. Its US military designation is C-28, and Swedish Air Force designation Tp 87.[1]

History

The Cessna 404 was a development of the Cessna 402 with an enlarged vertical tail and other changes. The prototype first flew on 26 February 1975. It is powered by two 375 hp/280 kW turbocharged Continental Motors GTSIO-520 piston engines. Two versions were offered originally; the Titan Ambassador passenger aircraft for ten passengers, and the Titan Courier utility aircraft for passengers or cargo. By early 1982 seven different variants were available, including a pure cargo version, the Titan Freighter. The Freighter was fitted with a strengthened floor, cargo doors, and its interior walls and ceiling were made from impact-resistant polycarbonate materials to minimize damage in the event of cargo breaking free in-flight.

Variants

  • Titan Ambassador - Basic 10-seat passenger aircraft.
  • Titan Ambassador II - Ambassador with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Ambassador III - Ambassador with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Courier - Convertible passenger/cargo version.
  • Titan Courier II - Courier with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Freighter - Cargo version.
  • Titan Freighter II - Freighter with factory fitted avionics.
  • C-28A Titan - Designation given to two aircraft purchased by the United States Navy.[2]

Operators

Military operators

 Bahamas
 Bolivia
 Colombia
 Dominican Republic
 Hong Kong
 Mexico
 Sweden
 Tanzania
 United States
 Puerto Rico

Specifications (Ambassador I)

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1980–81[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 6–8 passengers
  • Length: 39 ft 6 14 in (12.046 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 8 14 in (14.230 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
  • Wing area: 242.0 sq ft (22.48 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 9.0:1
  • Empty weight: 4,816 lb (2,185 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,400 lb (3,810 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 340 US gal (280 imp gal; 1,300 L)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 267 mph; 430 km/h (232 kn) at 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
  • Cruise speed: 188 mph; 302 km/h (163 kn) (econ cruise) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Stall speed: 81 mph; 130 km/h (70 kn) flaps down, power off
  • Never exceed speed: 274 mph; 441 km/h (238 kn) (Calibrated airspeed)
  • Range: 2,117 mi; 3,408 km (1,840 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 26,000 ft (7,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,575 ft/min (8.00 m/s)
  • Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m): 2,367 ft (721 m)
  • Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 2,130 ft (650 m)

See also

Related development

References

  1. ^ Urban Fredriksson (October 4, 2006). "Swedish Military Aircraft Designations". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Johnson, E.R. (2013). American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 375. ISBN 978-0786462698.
  3. ^ Gaines Flight International 6 November 1982, p. 1386.
  4. ^ Air International April 1986, p. 170.
  5. ^ Gaines Flight International 6 November 1982, p. 1374.
  6. ^ Taylor 1980, pp. 326–327
  • "Always Ready: Hong Kong's Auxiliaries". Air International. Vol. 30 no. 4. April 1986. pp. 168–171, 174.
  • Gaines, Mike (6 November 1982). "World's Air Forces 1982". Flight International. Vol. 122 no. 3835. pp. 1327–1388.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.
  • Taylor, John W. R., ed. (1980). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1980–81. London: Jane's Publishing Company. ISBN 0-7106-0705-9.

External links

  • Official Cessna Website
  • Incomplete Cessna 404 Titan Production List

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