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A total of 2,993 Cessna 337 Skymasters were built between 1963 and 1982 in various civil and military configurations. Its ability to take off and land on very short airstrips, as well as its glass door, make this six-seater aircraft (1 pilot, 5 passengers) a favourite with safari tour operators. Just how good wildlife can be observed from the skies is, however, questionable owing to the noise generated by this construction: the unusual configuration of two 210 hp Continental engines mounted in the nose and rear of the fuselage means that the air pushed by the front propeller meets the rear propeller at a higher speed, thus generating almost supersonic noise peaks. The advantage of the combination of tractor and pusher propeller, a configuration which Cessna calls "push-pull", is that even if one of the engines fails, the aircraft remains controllable.

The model owned by the Flying Bulls and which can be seen at AIRPOWER16 was built in 1969. When it was built, the C 337 D "Push-Pull" was delivered to Chile. It was then owned by a series of amateur pilots before being lovingly restored and extensively modified in 2007 after spending 15 years in storage. It now has a three-blade propeller, a stall kit and high-tech instrumentation as well as one especially luxurious feature: top-notch noise absorbing interior insulation.

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Model Cessna 337 D "Push-Pull"
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company, USA
Reg. N991DM
Serial number 337-1177
Built 1969
Length 9.1 m
Height 2.8 m
Wingspan 11.6 m
Max. take-off weight 1,996 kg
Max. speed 360 km/h
Cruising speed 287 km/h
Power plant 2 x Continental 10-360 CB
Power 2 x 210 hp
Range 1,200 km
Display Static