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The Cessna 210 Centurion

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210L - One 225kW (300hp) Continental IO-520-L fuel injected flat six piston engine driving a three blade constant speed McCauley prop.
T210M - One 230kW (310hp) fuel injected and turbocharged TSIO-520-R, driving a constant speed three blade prop.
P210R - One 240kW (325hp) turbocharged and fuel injected TSIO-520-CE.

210L - Max speed 324km/h (175kt), max cruising speed 317km/h (171kt), long range cruising speed 249km/h (134kt). Initial rate of climb 950ft/min. Service ceiling 17,300ft. Max range with reserves 1972km (1065nm).
T210M - Max speed 380km/h (205kt), max cruising speed 367km/h (198kt), long range cruising speed 260km/h (140kt). Initial rate of climb 1030ft/min. Service ceiling 28,500ft. Range at long range cruising speed 1455km (785nm).
P210R - Max speed 417km/h (225kt) at 20,000ft, max cruising speed 394km/h (213kt) at 23,000ft. Initial rate of climb 1150ft/min. Service ceiling 25,000ft. Range with reserves and optional fuel 2205km (1190nm).

210L - Empty 1015kg (2238lb), max takeoff 1725kg (3800lb).
T210M - Empty 1022kg (2250lb), max takeoff 1725kg (3800lb).
P210R - Empty 1120kg (2470lb), max takeoff 1860kg (4100lb).

210 - Wing span 11.15m (36ft 9in), length 8.59m (28ft 2in). Wing area 16.3m2 (175.5sq ft).
T210M - Wing span 11.21m (36ft 9in), length 8.59m (28ft 2in), height 2.87m (9ft 5in). Wing area same.
P210R - Wing span 11.84m (38ft 10in), length 8.59m (28ft 2in), height 2.95m (9ft 8in). Wing area 17.2m (185.5sq ft).

Typical seating for four with optional seating for extra two children in some models, or seating for six adults in later versions.

Total 210, T210 and P210 production 9240 (including 843 P210s).

High performance four to six seat light aircraft


During its production life the Cessna 210 was at the top of the Cessna single piston engine model lineup, positioned between the 182 and the 310 twin.

First flight of the 210 occurred in January 1957. This new aircraft featured for the first time on a Cessna aircraft retractable undercarriage and swept back vertical tail surfaces. The 210 entered production in late 1959, and from that time the line was constantly updated.

Notable early upgrades include the 210B which introduced the wraparound rear windows, the 210D with a more powerful (210kW/285hp) engine and introduced the Centurion name, and the turbocharged T210F. The 210G introduced a new strutless cantilever wing, increased fuel capacity, restyled rear windows and enlarged tail surfaces. Continual development of the 210 and T210 range continued through until production ceased in 1985.

A significant development of the T210 was the high performance, pressurised P210 which first appeared in 1978. The pressurisation system meant that the cabin's internal altitude was equivalent to 8000ft when flying at 17,350ft.

In 1998 Cessna was considering returning the 210 to production.

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