Used Aircraft Guide

September 2001 Issue

Cessna 185

Favored among bush operators, the rugged 185 has heroic lifting capacity. But be careful in crosswinds.

[IMGCAP(1)] The term “working airplane” has an unmistakable connotation. They’re the workhorses of the GA fleet, doing yeoman’s service in hauling freight, towing gliders and banners and spraying crops.

Most manufacturers have a working airplane or two in their model line-ups but Cessna has been especially successful in the piston single realm with the 180, 185 and 206/207, each of which has carved its own market niche. Among that distinguished group, the Cessna 185 is perhaps unique for its reputation as an airborne pick-up truck easily able to haul heavy loads into and out of short, unimproved strips. And as a taildragger with plenty of power, it’s also a prized towplane.


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