The Making of the Cessna 310

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August 2004

“The value of a twin-engine aircraft is that it gets you out of the trouble you wouldn’t be having in the first place unless you were flying a twin.” —Murphy’s Law of multi-engine aircraft

After the resumption of civil production following World War II, Cessna Aircraft knew it had to get into the multi-engine business in order to expand its markets, keep growing and hopefully stay profitable. About the only new airplane competition in 1950 was the ubiquitous Twin Beech, the DeHavilland Dove, the new limited-production Aero Commander… and it was rumored that Piper was at work building the prototype Apache.

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