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The Cessna 401 was similar to the 402, but optimized for corporate transport, having fewer seats than the 402. The 401 only remained in production until mid-1972.
The Cessna 401s, 402s, 402As and some 402Bs built from 1967 to 1971 had four small oval windows, which gave the aircraft a similar appearance as the pressurized Cessna 340. Starting half way through the production of the Cessna 402B the window configuration was changed to the more distinctive five rectuangular windows.
Cessna 402s are widely used as airliners on short and thin routes from smaller communities, often with destinations of larger hubs to connect with the major airlines. The Cessna 402 is currently flown by Cape Air, among other operators.
- Crew: 1-2
- Capacity: up to 9 passengers depending on configuration
- Length: 11.09m (36ft 5in)
- Wingspan: 13.45m (44ft 2in)
- Height: 3.49m (11ft 6in)
- Wing area: 21.0m² (225.8sq ft)
- Empty: 1845kg (4069lb)
- Loaded: lb ( kg)
- Maximum takeoff: 3107kg (6850lb)
- Powerplant: 2x Continental TSIO-520-VB 240kW (325hp) turbocharged and fuel injected
- Maximum speed: 428km/h (230kt)
- Range: 2360km (1273nm)
- Service ceiling: 26,900 ft (8,199 m)
- Rate of climb: 1450 ft/min (442 m/min)
- Wing loading: lb/ft² ( kg/m²)
- Power/Mass: hp/lb ( kW/kg)
Montgomery MR & Gerald Foster, A Field Guide to Airplanes of North America Second Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, New York, 1992, pg 108.
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