Cessna C-106 Loadmaster


The Cessna C-106 Loadmaster (or Cessna P260) was a 1940s American twin-engined transport monoplane.[1] Built of plywood it did not enter production due to a wartime shortage of material.[1]

C-106 Loadmaster
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The P260 demonstrator
Role Military transport monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft
First flight 1943
Number built 2


The C-106 Loadmaster was a twin-engined high-wing cantilever monoplane with a retractable tailwheel landing gear.[2] It was powered by two 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engines.[1] Two company owned P260 demonstrators were built and given the military designation C-106 Loadmaster.[1] An order for 500 was cancelled due to a shortage of plywood.[1]


Military designation for company owned P260 prototype with two R-1340-S3H1 engines.
Military designation for company owned P260 prototype with two R-1340-AN-2 engines.


Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Capacity: 2,440 lb
  • Length: 51 ft 1 in (15.57 m)
  • Wingspan: 64 ft 8 in (19.71 m)
  • Empty weight: 9,800 lb (4,445 kg)
  • Gross weight: 14,800[3] lb (6,713 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340[1][4] air-cooled radial piston engine, 600 hp (450 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 195 mph (314 km/h, 169 kn)

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrade 1979, p. 84
  2. ^ a b "American airplanes - Cessna". www.aerofiles.com. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  3. ^ American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925: E.R. Johnson, Lloyd S. Jones, p.172
  4. ^ Note: Aerofile has two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 being used.


  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.