From The Archives: Cessna Skymaster Prototype

Credit: George A. Beard, Cessna Aircraft Co.

In this cover story, see Cessna Skymaster's prototype, a four-place "light-light twin" in a photo at taken at the start of its flight test program at the company's Wichita, Kan. plant. 

Fore-and-aft mounting of Continental engines is designed to  avoid yawing characteristic of twin-engine configurations following a power-plant failure and is also aimed at easing transition of former single-aircraft owners to multi-engine operation. 

If you're a subscriber, you can see the aircraft in flight on the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology's April 3, 1961 issue.


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