Cessna by Textron Aviation

Cessna Aircraft Company, formerly Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company, is now under the Textron Aviation family of brands. It all started when Clyde Cessna built and flew his aircraft in 1911. Cessna saw a business opportunity and ventured out to find a loan to start his own business. However, many bankers refused, which led him to partner with Victor Roos in 1927. The pair was short-lived, and Roos backed out of the company only a month later. Eventually, Roos’ name was dropped, and it was then known as Cessna Aircraft Company.

The Great Depression significantly impacted Cessna, and the company closed its doors in 1932. Following a takeover in 1934 by Cessna’s nephews, Dwane and Dwight Wallace, the Cessna C-37 was born and introduced to the aviation industry in 1937. Cessna would eventually land major deals producing various models for the U.S. Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Cessna would later be known as one of the three key players in aviation, Beechcraft and Piper. In 1962, Cessna would receive harsh criticism for manufacturing their 162 models in China, and this particular model was only produced for a short period of time before production stopped.

Following a few more financial setbacks in the 2010s, Cessna became one of Textron Aviation’s brands in 2014. Despite the hardships Cessna has faced, the Cessna 172 is the most-produced aircraft ever.

  • Country of Origin: America

Cessna Centurion 210 A-R Statistics

173 kts

Maximum Speed

655 nm

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Current Operational Aircraft

1,160 lbs

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Centurion 210 R Statistics

200 kts

Maximum Speed

805 nm

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Current Operational Aircraft

1,630 lbs

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Operational Resources

Operations Manual

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Cessna Centurion 210 A-R Details

Below includes descriptions for the latest 1986 Cessna Centurion 210 R model.


This six-seater aircraft has fabric and leather blended upholstery. As with any vintage aircraft, some wear is likely to appear on the interior with its original fabrication. The 210 is known to have excellent visibility from the inside and a solid ventilation system with several air intake ports located on the wings and at the front of the fuselage. Also, the 210’s air vents are designed to be adjusted and opened if you need more air. With a cabin volume of 104 cubic feet, the 210 is spacious enough for passengers to be comfortable throughout the flight.


Several 210s on the market would likely include a modern paint job to avoid wearing. However, the original paint job on a 210 would feature a simple and clean design with a glossy finish. The 210R has a three-blade aluminum propellor system and tricycle-style landing gear.


  • The Cessna 210 may or may not contain the following avionics:
  • Garmin GMA 347 Audio Panel
  • Aspen EFD 1000 Pro
  • Garmin GNS 430w Moving Map
  • Garmin GNS 430w Moving Map
  • Garmin Mx 20 MFD
  • Ryan TAS 600 Active Traffic
  • WSI Av-300 Datalink
  • L-3 WX 500 Stormscope
  • STEC 55x Autopilot w/ GPS and Auto Trim
  • Kannad 406 ELT


  • Configuration: Single Engine, Piston, Retractable Gear
  • Max Seats: 4/6
  • Max Take-Off Weight (N Model): 3,800 lbs.
  • Cruise: 171 kts
  • Range: 805 nm
  • Take Off Run: 1,250 ft.
  • Landing Roll: 765 ft.
  • Wing Span: 36 ft. 9 in.
  • Length: 28 ft. 2 in.
  • Height: 9 ft. 8 in.
  • Take Off Run (50 ft.): 2,030 ft.

Cessna Centurion Models


The first Cessna Centurion was introduced in 1960, and the 210s are often called the “King Of The Singles.” Its initial flight took place in 1957, and it sat four people and featured a Continental IO-470-E engine, 40-degree hydraulic flaps, and gear doors.

The 210 would be the beginning of what would eventually become 26 model variants. Each one is slightly modified to improve existing functions or serve a particular purpose.

The 210 had the fundamental structure of a 182B, but a few additions were made to give the 210 its design (such as a swept tail, retractable landing gear, and new wing). A total of 575 original 210s were built before introducing the next model.


Introduced a year after the 210, this model offered a third cabin window on each side. This model also featured a Continental IO-470-E engine. A total of 265 were built.


This model was introduced in 1962 and had the same look and feel as its predecessor, but with a cut-down rear fuselage and rear-vision window. An engine change was also made to a Continental IO-470-S engine. A total of 245 of these aircraft were built. Models B through F offered an optional 85-gallon tank.


This 1963 model had minor changes, such as a widened fuselage and MTOW upped to 3,000 lbs. A total of 135 were built.

210D Centurion

This 1964 model is the first Cessna model to use “Centurion.” The word comes from Latin origins and refers to a commanding officer of a century (or military unit) in the ancient Roman army.

The 201D received an engine upgrade with the Continental IO-520-A, increasing its takeoff weight to 3,100 lbs. The 210D had a horsepower of 285, and 290 were built.

210E Centurion

Introduced in 1965, the 210E seated eight people and was manufactured with minor changes compared to the 210D. In total, 205 of these aircraft were built.

Turbo 210F Centurion

In 1966, Cessna gave the following 210 models with an optional 285 hp (213 kW) turbocharged Continental TSIO-520-C engine. With 300 built, the 210F also increased its gross weight to 3,300 lbs. This is the final model to offer an optional 85-gallon tank.

Turbo 210G Centurion

Once again, the Centurion increased its weight with this 1967 model to 3,400 lbs. The 210G came equipped with a strutless cantilever wing and a modified rear window. A total of 228 were built.

Turbo 210H Centurion

In 1968, the 210H was designed with a new flap system and instrument panel. Its flap range decreased to 30 degrees, while its fuel capacity increased from 65 to 90 gallons. A total of 210 of these aircraft were produced.

Turbo 210J Centurion

Introduced in 1969, this turbocharged aircraft had a reduced wing dihedral, altered nose profile, and Continental IO-520-J (or TSIO-520 H) engine. A total of 200 were built.

Turbo 210K Centurion

The 210K featured a rear complete seat change to offer six seats. It was also equipped with an IO-520-L engine with 300 horsepower limited to five minutes, altered landing gear, enlarged cabin with a single rear side window, and weight increase to 3,800 lbs. This 1970 aircraft had a total production of 303.

Turbo 210L Centurion

Closely resembling the 210K, this aircraft featured nose-mounted landing lights, an electrical system change to 24 volts, and an engine-driven hydraulic pump replaced by an electrical pump and three-blade fitted propeller. Better aerodynamics bumped up its cruise speed by 8 kn to 167 kts. Unlike other models, the 210L was produced from 1972 to 1976, and 2,070 210Ls were built.

Turbo 210M Centurion

Introduced in 1977, the 210M was produced up until 1980. This version came with an optional 310 horsepower TSIO-520-R engine and other minor changes. A total of 1,381 were built.

Turbo 210N Centurion

This 1981 version resembled the 210M but with open-wheel wells for its main landing gear. It’s important to note that this change only appears in the C210N. Most earlier models had removed gear doors because of extensive maintenance and handling problems. This version was produced from 1981 to 1984 with 1,943 built.

Turbo 210R Centurion

This 1985 version featured longer-span stabilizers and minor changes compared to its predecessor. A total of 112 of these aircraft were built.

P210N Pressurized Centurion

In 1978, Cessna introduced its first pressurized cabin with four windows on each side and a 310 horsepower Continental TSIO-520-AF engine. This aircraft was produced from 1978 to 1983 and had 834 built.

P210R Pressurized Centurion

This pressurized cabin aircraft introduced in 1985 came with longer-span stabilizers and increased takeoff weight. This version also came equipped with a 325 horsepower Continental TSIO-520-CE engine. Only 40 of these particular aircraft were built.

Riley Turbine P-210

This final 210 version was fitted with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-112 flat rated at 500 maximum shaft horsepower.

Top Cessna Centurion Questions

How Much Does A Cessna 210 Centurion Cost?

The cost of a Cessna 210 Centurion depends significantly on the aircraft version, and a pre-owned Cessna P210N is around $237,204. However, the 210 collection of aircraft has a range of retail prices between $66,000 and $265,000.

How Fast Is A Cessna 210 Centurion?

The earliest versions of this aircraft had a top speed of about 165 kts, and the turbocharged versions could reach top speeds of 174 knots.

How Easy Is It To Fly A Cessna 210 Centurion?

Many pilots love the Cessna 210 because it masters several ideal requirements that are difficult to achieve with a single-piston aircraft. For example, it handles particularly well regarding flight configurations like takeoff, climbs, cruises, descent, and landing.

Furthermore, it handles both stability and fuel burn well as it improves speed. The 210 is relatively easy to fly and is known for being predictable. The 210 can go over a thousand miles without a touchdown as a bonus. This makes cross-country flights more feasible if you’re looking for an aircraft that can travel long distances.

Additionally, the 210 can short field takeoffs and land with the power to climb over obstacles. The 210 offers reliable visibility and comfort with the later models inside the cabin. Cabin space can feel cramped with earlier, smaller versions; however, later models offer more passenger legroom and improved features like adjustable ventilation.

What Engine Does A Cessna 210 Centurion Have?

Earlier 210 models ran on a Continental IO-470 engine, while a Continental IO-520-L engine powered later models.

Why Is The 210 Called The King Of The Singles?

It’s important to know that Cessna’s aircraft, during its production of the 210, relied heavily on its marketing at the time. This is why Cessna constantly worked on updating this single-engine version seemingly every year, attempting to produce a better 210 model each time. Because of this push for a more improved aircraft, the 210 has been made into several versions over time, earning it the title of the “king” of the singles. So when considering the purchase of a 210, it’s essential to do extra research and find the specific model that works best for you. The bottom line? Everyone will have an opinion on the “best” 210, but only you can decide whether a particular version fits you and your aircraft needs.

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