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Cessna 303

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Model T303 Crusader
Cessna T303 Crusader (N11FV)
Role six-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company
First flight February 14, 1978
Number built 315

The Cessna T303 Crusader is an American six-place light twin aircraft built by Cessna Aircraft Company. Production ceased in 1986.

Design and development

The original Cessna 303 Clipper was first flown on February 14, 1978, it was a low-wing four-seat Lycoming powered twin-engined aircraft that would have competed with the Piper Seminole, Gulfstream American GA-7 Cougar, and Beech Duchess. After market demand for 4-place light twins declined and only one 303 Clipper was built before Cessna redesigned the aircraft as a six-place twin. The new model, designated the T303 Crusader first flew on October 17, 1979, with the first deliveries in October of 1981. The T303 is an all-metal low-wing six-seat twin-engined aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage. At the time it was the first all-new production twin built by Cessna in over a decade.

Specifications (T303)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 30 ft 6 in (9.27 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 0.5 in (11.90 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.06 m)
  • Wing area: 196.2 ft² (17.6 m²)
  • Empty: 3,364 lb (1,526 kg)
  • Loaded: 5,150 lb (2,336 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff: 5,150 lb (2,336 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2x Continental Motors TSIO-520AE, 250hp (185 kW) each


  • Maximum Speed: 250 mph (400 km/h)
  • Range: 1,175 miles (1,890 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,480 ft/min (451 m/min)
  • Wing loading: 26.25 lb/ft² (132.7 kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: 0.097 hp/lb (0.158 kW/kg)

See also

Comparable aircraft

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Published - July 2009

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