The Cessna Model 205, introduced in 1962 and dubbed a 1963 model, was developed from the Model 182, although in appearance it was a fixed landing gear version of the Cessna 210 with omnivision windows. Without retracting undercarriage taking up cabin space the 205 was a full 6 seater. The cabin had doors on each side of the fuselage and a smaller door for access to the rear row of seats.
FAA certification on 14 June 1962 was under the designation Model 210-5. Powered by a 194kW Continental engine, the Model 205 was complementary to the tailwheel Model 185 Skywagon, having similar performance at slightly greater weight.
Deliveries began in August 1962, and in December 1963 Cessna introduced the Model 205A with detail improvements. Cessna 205A (officially listed as a 210-5A) of 1964 vintage were the last of 577 Cessna 205s built.
The Model 205/205A series could be flown with floats, skis or various sizes of wheels.
Engine: 1 x Continental IO-470-S, 260 hp / 194kW
Take-off weight: 1497 kg / 3300 lb
Empty weight: 794 kg / 1750 lb
Wingspan: 11.15 m / 36 ft 7 in
Length: 8.46 m / 27 ft 9 in
Height: 2.97 m / 9 ft 9 in
Wing area: 16.3 sq.m / 175.45 sq ft
Max. speed: 278 km/h / 173 mph
Cruise speed: 261 km/h / 162 mph
Ceiling: 4905 m / 16100 ft
Range: 1633 km / 1015 miles