It all started in 1963 with the Cessna 205. This airplane used the airframe and engine (IO-470, 260 hp) of the retractable 210 of that day, and the elimination of the landing gear stowage from the rear cabin allowed a six-place interior with reasonable room and reclining seats for everyone. It was a true six-place airplane, too, with a useful load of over 1,500 pounds.
It was joined by the 206, dubbed the Super Skywagon in 1964. Then, in 1965 Cessna produced both a P206 and a U206. Presumably the "P" stood for people and the "U" for utility.
- Unique proposition, ideal for skydiving fully renovated in 2012 TTSN 7950
- It's not fast, nor is it that slow, but it is stable
- You can put it on floats, turbocharge it, dump skydivers from it, and carry small packages or just your family