August 1999 Issue

Letters 08/99

Why No 210?
I’m writing to ask why the first two model years of the Cessna 210 were not included in the June 1999 “Retract Step Ups” article. Many of the 1960 and 1961 210s out there can be had for under $50,000 in very good condition.

The airplanes have the IO-470E producing 260 HP (1500-hour TBO) and will routinely cruise at 160 knots while burning between 12 and 14 GPH. Or you can go economically and do 140 knots on 9 to 11 GPH. The 1960 model had only 55 gallons usable, but in 1961 they upped it to 74 gallons.

The only ugly part of the 1960-1 models is the need to replace the gear saddles every 1000 hours, but the gear works flawlessly if looked after well. The powe...

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