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Cessna U-3A

Description
Notes: LOW-WING, administrative, and light cargo transport. Military version of cessna model 310 (2 CREW, 3 PASSENGERS) .
  Manufacturer:Cessna
  Base model:U-3
  Designation:U-3
  Version:A
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1952-Present
  Basic role:Utility
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Specifications
  Length: 27' 8.2 m
  Height:10' 5" 3.1 m
  Wingspan: 35' 8" 10.8 m
  Gross Weight: 4,828 lb 2,190 kg
  Max Weight: 4,830 lb 2,190 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Continental O-470-M
  Horsepower (each): 240

Performance
  Range: 900 miles 1,449 km
  Cruise Speed: 180 mph 289 km/h 156 kt
  Max Speed: 238 mph 383 km/h 207 kt
  Ceiling: 22,000 ft 6,705 m

Known serial numbers
159073 / 159074, 528176, 575849, 575891, 575916, 582111, 582123 , 582131 , 582176

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Selfridge Military Air MuseumSelfridge ANG BasMichigan
South Dakota Air and Space MuseumEllsworth AFBSouth Dakota
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama
Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space MuseumDenverColorado

U-3A on display

Castle Air Museum

Travis Air Force Museum
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Louis A Bucci
 Summerville, SC
I was chief of maintenance at Charleston AFB Aero Club in the mid 80's. They got ahold of a U3-A from an Army base in Pennsylvania. I had to get it certified by the FAA from a utility category to normal category before that could use it as a flight trainer. [Boy was that a eye opener not to mention the pains that emanated from my south side.]I think they kept the original tail number as it's N number N82144. The paint hanger guys did a very nice job repainting it. All they did was change the OD green to bright red. They kept all the white, and the yellow and black accent colors true to the Army layout. Wish I knew what happened to that aircraft. It was a sweet flying little plane.
04/11/2015 @ 08:56 [ref: 69033]
 Chris pompey
 Sacramento, CA
I worked on U3As at McGuire AFB, NJ 1966. They were flown by Base Op.
07/13/2014 @ 18:06 [ref: 68562]
 Pete Mc Sweeney S/S USAF
 Los Altos, CA
Stationed at Hamilton AFB CA '60 thru '63. Traveling for 28 A.D. was transported by those preserving their status to various "SAGE " sites utilizing this great little bird, tail #75875 and others. Some locals around the little strips in the high desert of Nevada and Oregon thought a U3 was most likely a replacement for U2's that they had read about. Oops.
01/04/2014 @ 11:17 [ref: 68280]
 Pete Mc Sweeney S/S USAF
 Los Altos, CA
Stationed at Hamilton AFB CA '60 thru '63. Traveling for 28 A.D. was transported by those preserving their status to various "SAGE " sites utilizing this great little bird, tail #75875 and others. Some locals around the little strips in the high desert of Nevada and Oregon thought a U3 was most likely a replacement for U2's that they had read about. Oops.
01/04/2014 @ 11:16 [ref: 68279]
 dclipner
 Cambridge, OH
whereabouts of 2 ea U3A's assigned to 72nd Bomb Wing @ Ramey AFB,Puerto Rico. during time period of 1965-1967. Tail numbers were 82133 and 82165. Was radar approach controller at that base. Talked to both aircraft and flew in 82133 on a trip to the FAA center at San Juan..
11/08/2013 @ 15:55 [ref: 68154]
 LTC John Clark Retired
 RIO RANCHO, NM
We had a U3-A at Wright Patterson AFB, OH in the 1980s.
I used it to fly the 4-star into airports where he had to visit, but runways were too short for the T-39.
05/27/2013 @ 07:36 [ref: 67839]
 Frederick Kowalski
 Upper Arlington, OH
As a student at the Barbers point Navy Flying Club, Oahu Hawaii,I received my Multi-Engine Land rating in a U3A (N46959)7/16/78.CFIME on 9/18/78.ATP Muti-Engine on 4/09/80. Still have NAVTOPS checklist manuals etc. I really miss flying her. Had about 990 hours flight time in this a/c. If anyone was a member of the BPNFC please contact me @ 614-451-6900. Would really like to catch up on old memories!
04/19/2012 @ 05:12 [ref: 55815]
 craig souza
 Hill AFB, UT
I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to go to download manuals for the 1U-3A? I am trying to restore a U-3 for the HAFB museum and need to find a maintenance manual and an illistrated parts breakdown.


Thanks,

Souza
01/11/2012 @ 11:15 [ref: 51880]
 Kent Goldsmith
 Conway, AR
For Brannon West:

look at this website for color codes

http://www.simmerspaintshop.com/page-RGB-colors-USA.html
12/11/2011 @ 18:06 [ref: 51087]
 Kent Goldsmith
 Conway, AR
In TAWC at Eglin AFB in 69/70. Flew the U-3A as exec acft for about 200 hours. I'm trying to find a 1/72 scale model of this acft to complete my collection of acft I flew. FYI: I left Eglin for Cambodia (Attache job) in 1971). I'd like to hear from anyone who would sell or has knowledge of where to buy this model.

Major, USAF, Retired

12/11/2011 @ 13:56 [ref: 51080]

 

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