The T303 Crusader that Cessna began marketing in 1982 was probably one of the most thoroughly tested and finest flying twins that ever came from the Wichita factory.
Problem was, the timing of its introduction kept its reputation a secret. The model was conceived in the late 1970s as a lightweight multi-engine trainer to possibly replace the 25-year-old 310 design and to compete with competitive aircraft—Beech 76 Duchess, Piper Seminole and Grumman GA-7 Cougar.
And, while the 310 concept was as a light twin, the 303 was initially called a “light, light” twin.
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