Encyclopedia - Cessna C210 Centurion/Turbo Centurion/Pressurized Centurion
The Cessna 210 was the company's first aircraft to feature retractable landing gear and swept tail surfaces. She first flew in January 1957, and the first production aircraft first flew in December 1959 powered by the Continental IO-470E engine developing 194kW (260hp).
The 1961 model had two more cabin windows, additional headroom and improved ventilation systems. In 1963 an autopilot was added as an optional feature. The model 210E Centurion had the more powerful Continental IO-520-A engine developing 213kW (285hp).
The next version was the Model 210F and was released in 1966. Also released in 1966, was the T210F Turbo Centurion with a Continental TSIO-520C, developing 213kW(285hp). The extra power dramatically increased performance, especially altitude. An improved wing was introduced in June 1965 which eliminated the external bracing struts.
By 1970 Cessna changed the naming convention to the Centurion II and Turbo Centurion II. By that time the Centurions were six-seater aircraft. Engine options were the 224kW (300hp) Continental IO-520-L for the Centurion and 213kW (285hp) Continental TSIO-520H for the Turbo Centurion.
In November 1977 Cessna introduced the Pressurized Centurion, which was basically similar to the standard Centurion, except for having a pressurized cabin and a Continental TSIO-520-P engine developing 231kW (310hp) incorporating a high-capacity turbocharger to power the pressurization system.
Production of the 210 ended in 1987 after a total of 8,453 Model 210s and Centurions and 851 Pressurized Centurions had been delivered.