Sunday

Cessna A188 Agwagon

The Cessna 188 is a family of light agricultural airplanes produced between 1966 and 1983 by the Cessna Aircraft Company. The various versions of the 188 — the AGwagon, AGpickup, AGtruck and AGhusky, along with the AGcarryall variant of the 185, constituted Cessna's line of agricultural aircraft.

The successful 188 Agwagon agricultural aircraft were Cessna's only purpose designed agplanes. Cessna's Model 188 resulted from extensive research and consultation with agricultural aircraft operators conducted in the early 1960s. The design Cessna settled upon was of the conventional agricultural aircraft arrangement with a braced low wing (unique among Cessna singles) with seating for the pilot only. Like other ag aircraft the chemical hopper is of fibreglass and the rear fuselage is of semi monocoque construction and sealed to reduce the potential for damage from chemical contamination.

The A188 Agwagon, as held by the museum, was the first 300 hp (250 kW) Cessna 188 and was powered by the Continental IO-520-D and featured a 200 US gallon chemical hopper. It was introduced in 1966 alongside the lower-horsepower AGpickup at a base price of $18,950. The A188 was named the AGwagon in 1972. It ceased production in 1980.

Further information can be found at this Motat website link:
http://www.motat.org.nz/collections/AviationCollection/Agwagon.htm

Photos
- Aircraft on display outside 2007 (Richard Wesley)
- Hopper detail 2009 (Richard Wesley)

1 comment:

Lance F said...

Very nice writeup on this popular Cessna workhorse. This provided a livelihood for several generations of families, and likely more to come as it is still popular and in service here in America.

My Dad started a small cropdusting and flying service here in Montana in the 70's and owes much of his success to the reliable Piper Pawnee (analogous to the Cessna 188 series) made from 1959-81, and various Cessna AgTruck's he used. This aircraft also has application in small-scale fire fighting. Your aircraft museum does a commendable job, to give credit to such popular working aircraft (some think these to be less exciting), but a the performance and quick handling of these rivals many aerobatic-specific airplanes.

I hope to visit your aircraft museum one day. Keep up the fine work.

Lance