Used Aircraft Guide

June 2017 Issue

Cessna 185

Think of the 185 Skywagon as a working pilotís backwoods aerial pickup. It also makes a good floatplane.

These days, there is no shortage of aircraft marketed as backwoods utility machines. The short list includes Maule, CubCrafters, Aviat and American Champion. But in the world of working airplanes, Cessnaís long-discontinued 185 is often regarded as one of the most capable. You donít have to spend much time around a 185 to understand its reputation as the airborne version of a four-wheel-drive, three-quarter-ton pickup truck, easily able to haul heavy loads into and out of short, unimproved strips.

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