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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
 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]
 Brannon West
 Magnolia, AR
I teach at an A&P school, we have a U3A. It was sold/flown civilian before we got it, and we are now toying with the idea of repainting it back to it's military colors. Anyone got codes?
10/15/2011 @ 20:31 [ref: 49586]

 

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