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Encyclopedia - Cessna 303 Crusader

The Cessna Model 303 Clipper was first flown on 14 February 1978. It was a four-seat low-wing monoplane with retractable tricycle type undercarriage and swept vertical tail surfaces. Cessna superseded this model with the Model T303, which was a six-seater and became known as the Crusader. It had a high set tailplane and counter-rotating propellers.

The Crusader received its certification in August 1981, with first deliveries following in October. By the end of production in 1986 a total of 297 Crusaders had been delivered.

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Cessna T303 Crusader


Number Of Engines : Two
Powerplant type : Continental TSIO-520-AE and Continental LTSIO-520-AE turbocharged counter-rotating flat-six piston engines
Max Power Rating : 186kW (250hp)


Length : 9.27m (30ft 5in)
Height : 4.06m (13ft 4in)
Wingspan : 11.90m (39ft 0.5in)
Wing Area : 17.58m2 (189.20sq ft)


Empty Weight : 1,499kg (3,305lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 2,336kg (5,150lb)

Landing Gear

Type : Retractable tricycle type with a single wheel on each unit


Max Speed At Cruising Level : 216kt (400km/h; 248mph)
Cruising Speed : 196kt (363km/h; 225 mph)
Maximum Range : 1,020nm (1,889km; 1,174nm)
Service Ceiling : 25,000ft (7,620m)

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