O-2A Skymaster USAF Multi Purpose Light Aircraft



O-2A Skymaster USAF Multi Purpose Light Aircraft

RODEN #620 / 1:32 Modern Aircraft


In the early 1960s, the Cessna aircraft company built a small commercial aircraft, the Model 337. Compared with similar aircraft of the same class, it had an unusual layout: a tractor engine in front, and a pusher in the rear. Instead of the classic fuselage layout, two booms extended backwards from the wing, which were connected by the horizontal tail assembly. The aircraft could carry two crew members, and four passengers or up to 450 kg of payload. It was quite successful commercially, but 
Cessna also hoped to find an outlet in a military role. In 1967 a military version of the machine appeared, the O-2A Skymaster.
With the start of the Vietnam War, the US Air Force began to actively employ light aircraft as scouts, for fire direction or lightweight communications. One of the most widely used was the O-1 Bird Dog, but it was not always able to perform certain military tasks, such as controlling targeting for other planes. The O-2 was more suited to this type of task and, therefore, was soon involved in missions of this kind in the Vietnam conflict.
Also, the O-2 could be used as a light strike plane, like its predecessor the O-1. For this, pods of unguided rockets and other light weapons could be hung under the wing of the aircraft. Some machines, designated O-2B, carried out 'psychological warfare missions - they were fitted with speakerphones broadcasting calls to the population to stop the war, but this exercise was not successful.
Another important application for the O-2 was the rescue of pilots whose planes had been downed in an area of operations. The O-2 could take off from the shortest airstrips and land in the most unsuitable places for this purpose. Many US Air Force pilots had this machine to thank for their rescue.
Series production continued until 1970, during which time at least 532 aircraft were produced. The end of their active military career in the US Air Force coincided with the end of hostilities in Vietnam, but in the US they were used long afterwards by the Air Force for patrol or liaison tasks, and were eventually decommissioned due to age and obsolescence. Despite this, this aircraft is still very popular among private owners. And many former military machines are still operated under civil registration or take part in numerous vintage airshows.


Wingspan11.58 m
Overall length9.07 m
Overall height2.84 m
Wing area18.81 sq m
Empty weight1292 kg
Takeoff weight2449 kg
Engine2x210 k.c.
Maximum speed320 km/h
Cruising speed232 km/h
Range1705 km
Ceiling5885 m
Takeoff distance170 m
Landing distance180 m
Crew2 person
Practical loading4 passengers or 450 kg of cargo
Armaments2 containers sUU-11B / A with GAU-2B/A machine guns or 4 LAU iaunchers with unguided 70 mm caliber missiles.

Customer reviews (5)

Raymond Hain 
Apr 15, 2018 - 3:24
I have tried multiple times to order this kit but the system would not let me order it.

A previous order was cancelled. I don't know who cancelled it or why.
Terry L Martin Sr
Dec 15, 2017 - 19:02
Just received my kit yesterday. Detail and decals are great. The windscreen was loose inside the parts bag and the bag was open on one end. No damage. Money well spent so far. Looking forward to the build.
Robert Key Key
Nov 29, 2017 - 23:11
tried to order o-2 skymaster, but it would not let me order it.
katherine adams
Nov 29, 2017 - 14:40
hello from Katherine in Australia I would like to by your skymaster 0-2A ok how much would it cost to send to Australia including shipping ok please let me know . my email address is petercool_1034@yahoo.com.au thank you
Damien Nott
Nov 28, 2017 - 23:00
Any chance of you doing a Cessna 337?
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