Used Aircraft Guide

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Cessna T303 Crusader

This cabin-class piston twin originally was supposed to be a competitor for the Duchess and Seminole.

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Cessna’s last piston twin design, the Crusader, has many appealing qualities. All around, it is the most thoughtfully designed light twin and one of the most interesting modern general aviation concepts. Unfortunately, its production life was brief: Only 297 were built during four years. Also unfortunately, more than one definition of the word “light” applies to it.

History
In the last heady days of the traditional light-aircraft industry (that’s the late ’70s to you youngsters), Cessna designed and built a prototype of the Model 303 Clipper, a light twin to compete with the Beech Duchess, Grumman American Cougar and Piper Seminole.

To its credit, the company...

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