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Cessna O-2A-CE "Super Skymaster"
Crew: One to two
Engines: Two Continental IO-360-D w/ 210 hp each
Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in
Length: 29 ft 2 in
Height: 9 ft 5 in
Weight: 4,850 lbs loaded; 3226 lbs empty
Speed: max: 199 mph; cruise: 144 mph
Range: 1,060 miles
Service Ceiling: 19,300 ft
Armament: Four pylons for rockets, flares, mini-gun pods, or other light ordnance
This O-2A, S/N 68-10853, was manufactured by Cessna Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas, and delivered to the USAF in April 1969. The aircraft was immediately deployed to the 504th Tactical Air Support Group at Nha Trang AB, Vietnam, and later that October the O-2A was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay AB. In August 1971 the aircraft was stationed at Phan Raang AB with the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron and in December was moved to Da Nang AB.
The 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang AB took possession of the O-2A in March 1972, but by June of that year the aircraft was moved to the 6498th Air Base Support Wing at Da Nang. The aircraft transferred once more in 1972, but this time it was to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. In January 1973 the O-2A was in service once again with the 110th Tactical Air Support Group (ANG) at Kellogg Field, Michigan.
Two years later, in January 1975, the aircraft was sent to the 163rd Fighter Interceptor Group at Ontario, California, where it remained eight years before transferring to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California. The 6514th Test Squadron at Hill AFB received the O-2A in June 1983, and later that same year the aircraft was redesignated as a GO-2A. In September 1984 the aircraft was placed on inactive status and one month later was moved to Hill Aerospace Museum for static display.