CESSNA 310A
CESSNA 310A

Manufacturer

CESSNA

Markings:

United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1971

Designation:

310A

Registration:

N182Z

Serial Number:

38157

CESSNA 310A

The U-3A is the military variant of the civilian Cessna Model 310. The 310 proved very successful in the civil market and was chosen by the Air Force in 1957 for use as a light utility transport. Initially called the L-25A approximately 160 were ordered in 1957 and 1958, a further 30 were ordered in 1960 with more powerful engines and called L-27B. The designation of these aircraft was changed in 1962 to U-3A and U-3B. 
     A number of military surplus U-3 aircraft found their way into the hands of civilians and other government agencies after their military service. The Forest Service acquired this aircraft for use as a lead plane in fighting forest fires. The job of a lead plane is to fly ahead of the large fire bombers and safely direct them to their drop points.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 35 ft 9 in
  • Length: 27 ft
  • Height: 10 ft 5 in
  • Weight: 4,830 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 238 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 22,000 ft
  • Range: 900 miles
  • Engines: 2 Continental O-470-M, 240 horsepower each
  • Crew: 1 and 4 passengers