Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 185 Skywagon

The market success of the 180 Skywagon prompted Cessna to introduce a bigger, more powerful version.

[IMGCAP(1)] This big, burly single is Cessnaís equivalent of a mid-sized pickup truck, able to tote a load into (and out of) a variety of out-of-the-way places. The 185 is in many ways the epitome of the working airplane, designed specifically to haul big loads and operate from unimproved strips. Over the years, itís proven very capable and popular.

The Cessna 185 was introduced in 1961 as a more powerful sibling to the popular 180, which had already been in production for eight years. The 185 outlasted the 180 by four years: the 180ís last year of production was 1981, the 185ís was 1985.

Physically, the two airplanes are quite similar with comparable dimensions. The...

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