Cessna 404 Titan

Summary

Cessna 404 Titan
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Role Light passenger/cargo aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight February 26, 1975
Introduction 1976
Produced 1976–1982
Number built 396
Developed from Cessna 402
Developed into Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II
Cessna 441 Conquest II

The Cessna Model 404 Titan is an American twin-engined, light aircraft built by Cessna Aircraft. It was that company's largest twin piston-engined aircraft at the time of its development in the 1970s. Its US military designation is C-28, and Swedish Air Force designation Tp 87.[1]

Design and development

The aft doors on the left side

The Cessna 404 was a development of the Cessna 402 with an enlarged vertical tail and other changes. The prototype first flew on February 26, 1975. It is powered by two 375 hp/280 kW turbocharged Continental Motors GTSIO-520 piston engines. Two versions were offered originally; the Titan Ambassador passenger aircraft for ten passengers, and the Titan Courier utility aircraft for passengers or cargo. By early 1982 seven different variants were available, including a pure cargo version, the Titan Freighter. The Freighter was fitted with a strengthened floor, cargo doors, and its interior walls and ceiling were made from impact-resistant polycarbonate materials to minimize damage in the event of cargo breaking free in-flight.

Variants

  • Titan Ambassador – Basic 10-seat passenger aircraft.
  • Titan Ambassador II – Ambassador with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Ambassador III – Ambassador with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Courier – Convertible passenger/cargo version.
  • Titan Courier II – Courier with factory fitted avionics.
  • Titan Freighter – Cargo version.
  • Titan Freighter II – Freighter with factory fitted avionics.
  • C-28A Titan – Designation given to two aircraft purchased by the United States Navy.[2]

Operators

Military operators

 Bahamas
 Bolivia
 Colombia
 Dominican Republic
 Hong Kong
 Jamaica
 Mexico
 Nicaragua
 Sweden
 Tanzania
 United States
 Puerto Rico

Specifications (Ambassador I)

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1980–81[11]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 6–8 passengers
  • Length: 39 ft 6+14 in (12.046 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 8+14 in (14.230 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
  • Wing area: 242.0 sq ft (22.48 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 9.0:1
  • Empty weight: 4,816 lb (2,185 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,400 lb (3,810 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 340 US gal (280 imp gal; 1,300 L)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 267 mph (430 km/h, 232 kn) at 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
  • Cruise speed: 188 mph (302 km/h, 163 kn) (econ cruise) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Stall speed: 81 mph (130 km/h, 70 kn) flaps down, power off
  • Never exceed speed: 274 mph (441 km/h, 238 kn) (Calibrated airspeed)
  • Range: 2,120 mi (3,410 km, 1,840 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 26,000 ft (7,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,575 ft/min (8.00 m/s)
  • Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m): 2,367 ft (721 m)
  • Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 2,130 ft (650 m)

See also

A Cessna 404 Titan (left) with square windows besides a pressurized Cessna 421 (right) with round windows

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References

  1. ^ Urban Fredriksson (October 4, 2006). "Swedish Military Aircraft Designations". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Johnson 2013, p. 375
  3. ^ Hagedorn 1993, p. 140
  4. ^ Gaines Flight International 6 November 1982, p. 1386
  5. ^ Hagedorn 1993, p. 111
  6. ^ Air International April 1986, p. 170
  7. ^ Hagedorn 1993, p. 138
  8. ^ ANUARIO LATINOAMERICANO DE DEFENSA 2020 2020, p. 176
  9. ^ "FDRA - Fuerza Aérea: Fuerzas Aéreas: Fuerza Aérea - Ejército de Nicaragua". December 2015.
  10. ^ Gaines Flight International 6 November 1982, p. 1374
  11. ^ Taylor 1980, pp. 326–327
  • "Always Ready: Hong Kong's Auxiliaries". Air International. Vol. 30 no. 4. April 1986. pp. 168–171, 174.
  • Hagedorn, Daniel P. (1993). Central American and Caribbean Air Forces. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-210-6.
  • Gaines, Mike (November 6, 1982). "World's Air Forces 1982". Flight International. Vol. 122 no. 3835. pp. 1327–1388.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985). Orbis Publishing.
  • Johnson, E.R. (2013). American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 978-0786462698.
  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.
  • Taylor, John W. R., ed. (1980). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1980–81. London: Jane's Publishing Company. ISBN 0-7106-0705-9.
  • ANUARIO LATINOAMERICANO DE DEFENSA 2020. Grupo Edefa. 2020.

External links

  • Official Cessna Website
  • Incomplete Cessna 404 Titan Production List