The first flight model of the prospective multirole aircraft Cessna 408 SkyCourier 17 may 2020 made its first flight, according to Flightglobal. It is the largest aircraft Cessna brand, owned by the American company Textrton Aviation. The aircraft received the registration number N408PR.
Development Cessna 408 SkyCourier is 2017. The launch customer for the new aircraft became the courier company FedEx. She in 2017 placed an order for 50 aircraft SkyCourier. The company also signed an option for an additional 50 aircraft of this type.
SkyCourier is a multi-purpose twin-engine turboprop aircraft, built on a high wing with T-tail. Aircraft equipped with engines PT6A-65SC takeoff power 1.1 thousand horsepower each. The length of the plane is 16.7 meters, wingspan of 21.9 metres and a height of 6 meters.
The aircraft is designed to carry 19 passengers and 2.3 tons of cargo in passenger or up to 2.7 tons of cargo in the cargo variant. According to the project, SkyCourier are able to fly at speeds of up to 370 kilometers per hour at a distance of up to 740 miles.
According to the post Textron Aviation, the duration of the first flight SkyCourier was 2 hours and 15 minutes. The tests were carried out at the airport beach field in Kansas. The pilots checked the controllability of the aircraft, its on-Board systems and engines. All the validation is deemed successful.
Still the largest aircraft grade Cessna was Cessna 208 Caravan, made the first flight in 1981. The length of this single-engine aircraft is 11.5 meters, a wingspan of 15.9 meters and a height of 4.5 meters. Caravan is designed to carry 9 to 13 passengers depending on version. In the cargo version, the aircraft can carry up to 1.4 tons of cargo.
Cessna 208 may fly at a speed of 344 miles per hour to a distance of 1.2 thousand kilometers.