Cessna 205, 206,207 & 208 history, performance and specifications
From 1964, the
Cessna 206 replaced the Cessna 205 of 1962,
in a line of aircraft originally produced as
utility flying station wagons, descendants
of the Cessna 210. Initially known as the
Super Skywagon, that name was dropped in
1969, and in 1971 the type was produced as
the U206F Stationair, with a new
The 206 included, among its more significant
features, an optional cargo pannier fitted
below the fuselage, and a 42 inch (107 cm)
double cargo door on the rear starboard
fuselage. Among its successes were sales to
small-town undertakers, who found the cargo
door could easily accommodate a coffin; and
its popularity as a jump-ship for skydivers.
Variants included the P206 ("P" for
personalised, rather than the standard
pressurised), without the cargo door, and
with deluxe interior and streamlined wheel
spats, and the TU206A, with a turbocharged
Production of the 206 ceased in 1985.
Various subsequent third-party developments
of the 206 included the Soloy Turbine Pac
conversion, and a STOL version developed by
the Robertson firm.
The Cessna 207
appeared in 1968 as an elongated version of
the Cessna 206D, with cabin space for a
seventh person. The powerplant was initially
similar to that of the 206. The prototype 207
first flew on 11 May 1968.
Over the years, a T207 (turbocharged) model
appeared, and a 207A with larger diameter
propeller. The design was revised in 1978,
to produce the Stationair 7 and Turbo
Stationair 7 which, with the introduction of
an eighth seat in 1980, became the
Stationair 8 and Turbo Stationair 8.
574 205s, 7556 206s and 790 207s were built
through to 1984. 206H & T206H deliveries
began in late 1998.