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The Cessna Model 404 Titan prototype (N5404J), a new twin-engine business/commuter/cargo aircraft, made its maiden flight at Wichita, Kansas, on 26 February 1975. Identified initially as the Cessna Model 404 and later named Titan, this new twin engine aircraft became available in Ambassador (with executive or standard passenger interior) and Courier (utility passenger/cargo) versions. In the summer of 1976, Cessna unveiled the large six- to 10-place Titan, with 375-hp turbocharged engines, the airframe of which would also be used for the Conquest turboprop. The Titan was certificated in the latter part of 1976, initial deliveries began in October 1976 and at year's end, 17 had been delivered. Its turboprop look-alike is scheduled to receive FAA approval sometime in 1977. With greater wing area and more powerful engines, it was more economic than the earlier 402.


The Cessna 404 Titan shares the basic airframe of the 441 but is piston-powered and not pressurized. Large cargo doors make it easy to load. A cockpit door allows entry after the cabin has been stacked to the ceiling.


Power is essentially the same as for the 421 - 375-hp Continentals and top cruise at 10,000 feet is 194 knots. Maximum useful load is 3,546 pounds, or about 500 pounds more than for the 421 and 1,000 pounds more than for the 402. Total fuel, in integral wing tanks, is 340 gallons. Titan deliveries were to begin in mid -1976.
Essentially a stretched model 402B Titan was the first Cessna twin featuring a wet wing with out the characteristic tip tanks. Able to carry 10 passengers. The newly-designed wet wing of bonded, fail-safe construction has a relatively high aspect ratio of 8.7 which reduces induced drag. This feature gives an important spin-off to the operator in that the Titan can carry relative large payloads over long distances. At 10,000 ft and 65 percent power it can carry up to 2,500 lbs of cargo 690 nm at 188 kts with a 45 minute fuel reserve. In the passenger configuration it can carry ten people and 500 lbs of baggage 915 nm at 196 kts with the same fuel reserves. The hydraulically-operated Fowler flaps, of bonded, honeycomb construction, give the Titan reasonably good short-field capability. The geared 375 hp turbocharged Continental engines are installed in streamlined nacelles which are some 17 inches longer than other Cessna 400-series aircraft installations, due to the compartmented concept whereby certain “hot” engine components are partitioned from “cold” engine accessories. This results in efficient engine cooling obviating the need for cowl flaps. Further noticeable differences from other Cessna 400-series aircraft are the larger tailplane surfaces and the dihedral on the horizontal stabilizer. The trailing link undercarriage is designed for softer landings.


The Ambassador executive version offers luxurious seating accommodation which can be removed to carry freight, while the Courier version offers high density seating (up to 14 for the commuter model) that can quickly be removed to convert to a freight-carrying role. Both aircraft are available with 11 different options of accessories and avionics.


The Freighter is a twin-engine cargo plane, with a utility interior and swing-away cargo doors.


Until the spring of 1982, seven variants were available, comprising the standard Titan Ambassador, the Titan Ambassador II and Titan Ambassador III, the two latter having factory-installed avionic/equipment packages; the standard Titan Courier and Titan Courier II versions, the latter with the same avionic/equipment package as the Ambassador II; and the standard Titan Freighter and Titan Freighter II versions, both able to carry 1588kg of cargo and equipped with factory-installed avionics and impact resistant polycarbonate interiors to protect the fuselage from payload damage.


When Titan production ceased in April 1982, 378 had been sold.

CE-404 Titan

First built: 1976.
Engines: Continental GTSIO-520-M, 375 hp each.
TBO: 1600 hrs.
Props: McCauley 3-blade, 90-in.
Seats: 10.
Length: 39.5 ft.
Height: 13.3 ft.
Wingspan: 46.3 ft.
Wing area: 242 sq.ft.
Wing aspect ratio: 8.7.
Maximum ramp weight: 8450 lbs.
Maximum takeoff weight: 8400 lbs.
Standard empty weight: 4834 lbs.
Maximum useful load: 3616 lbs.
Zero-fuel weight: 8100 lbs.
Maximum landing weight: 8100 lbs.
Wing loading: 34.7 lbs/sq.ft.
Power loading: 11.2 lbs/hp.
Maximum usable fuel: 2064 lbs.
Best rate of climb: 1,575 fpm @ 96 kts.
Climb gradient: 984 ft/nm.
Rate of climb @ 8,000 ft: 1345 fpm.
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft.
Maximum single-engine rate of climb: 230 fpm @ 108 kts.
Single-engine climb gradient: 128 ft/nm.
Single-engine service ceiling: 10100 ft.
Maximum speed: 217 kts.
Cruise @ 65% pwr @ 8,000ft: 178 kts.
Cruise @ 65% power @ 18,000ft: 193 kts.
Fuel flow @ 65% pwr @ 18,000 ft: 230 pph.
Endurance at 65 % pwr @ 18,000 ft: 8.8 hrs
Stalling speed clean: 83 kts.
Stalling speed gear/flaps down: 70 kts.
Turbulent-air penetration speed: 158 kts.
T/O dist: 1788 ft (545m), (to 50 ft: 2367 ft (721m)).
Ldg dist: 1100 ft (335m), to 50ft: 2130 ft (649m).

CE-404 Titan Courier

Engines: 2 x Continental GTSIO-520-M, 375 hp.
Max speed: 232 kts.
Max cruise speed: 217 kts.
Max range: 1,836 nm.
Max usable fuel: 344 USG.
ROC: 1,575 fpm.
ROC SE: 230 fpm.
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft.
Service ceiling SE: 10,100 ft.
Takeoff dist 50 ft obstacle: 2,367 ft.
Landing dist 50 ft obstacle: 2,130 ft.
Empty wt: 4823 lb.
Useful load: 3577 lb.
Max ramp wt: 8,450 lbs.
Max zero fuel wt: 8,100 lbs.
Max Useful load: 3622 lbs.
Seats: 11.
Length: 39.5 ft.
MTOW: 8400 lb.

CE-404 Titan Ambassador

Engines: 2 x Continental GTSIO-520-M, 375 hp, 280kW.
Wingspan: 14.12 m / 46 ft 4 in
Length: 12.04 m / 39 ft 6 in
Height: 4.04 m / 13 ft 3 in
Wing area: 22.48 sq.m / 241.97 sq ft
Max speed: 232 kts.
Max cruise speed: 217 kts.
Max range: 1,836 nm.
Range @ 193 kt: 793nm.
Fuel cap: 1250 lb.
ROC: 1575 fpm.
ROC SE: 230 fpm.
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft.
SE service ceiling: 10,100 ft.
TO dist 50ft: 2367 ft.
Ldg dist 50 ft: 2130 ft.
Empty wt: 4803 lb.
Max ramp wt: 8,450 lbs.
Max Take-off weight: 3810 kg / 8400 lb
Max zero fuel wt: 8,100 lbs.
Max Useful load: 3643 lbs.
Max usable fuel: 344 USG.
Seats: 9.

Freighter

Engines: 2 x Continental GTSIO-520-M, 375 hp.
Max speed: 232 kts.
Max cruise speed: 217 kts.
Max range: 1,836 nm.
Max usable fuel: 344 USG.
ROC: 1,575 fpm.
ROC SE: 230 fpm.
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft.
Service ceiling SE: 10,100 ft.
Takeoff dist 50 ft obstacle: 2,367 ft.
Landing dist 50 ft obstacle: 2,130 ft.
Max ramp wt: 8,450 lbs.
Max zero fuel wt: 8,100 lbs.
Max Useful load: 3778 lbs.
Seats: 2.

 

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