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A98 Cessna 180

The first eight Cessna 180s were delivered during 1959 and were given serials A98- 336, 338, 340, 342, 343, 344, 350 and 351. They were followed in 1962 by seven 180D models (A98-041 to 046 and 163) and four 180Es (A98-144, 146, 148 and 150). The 180s served initially with No 16 Air Observation Post Flight at Canberra, but when Army Aviation achieved some autonomy, this unit became No 16 Army Light Aircraft Squadron, first moving to Amberley and then to Oakey in Queensland. The 180s were progressively replaced by the Pilatus Porter from 1969 and the type was finally retired in 1974.

TECHNICAL DATA: Cessna 180E

DESCRIPTION:

Two-four seat liaison and observation aircraft

POWER PLANT:

One 230 hp Continental 0-470 piston engine

WEIGHT:

Empty 703 kg (1550 lb); loaded 1270 kg (2800 lb).

DIMENSIONS:

Wingspan 11.02 m (36 ft 2 in); Length 7.77 m (25 ft 6 in); Height 2.30 m (7 ft 6.5 in).

PERFORMANCE:

Max speed 273 km/h (147 kt); Cruise 264 km/h (142 kt); Ceiling 19,600 ft (5974 m); Range 1870 km (1010 nm).

ARMAMENT:

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