Morrow Project Aircraft: Cessna 337
This is based on the final military version of the Cessna 337 (called the O-2 in US service). It is a cross between 2 real-world examples: the FTB337G Milirole, a STOL conversion known as the ‘Lynx’ in the Rhodesian Air Force and the Summit Sentry
This is the MP ‘Super-Lynx’, an aircraft that is more heavily armed than the US O-2; it carries 2 MMG pods on its roof and is equipped with four standard NATO MALL-4A pylons mounted beneath the wings, each able to carry a max load of 159 kg (350 lb)
Potential missions include forward air control, helicopter escort, light air-to-ground attack, convoy protection, maritime patrol, six-seat personnel carrier, light cargo transport, medevac (up to 2 stretcher cases), aerial recon & photography, psychological warfare and airborne discharge. Morrow Project planners assumed that the most common missions would not involve combat – but wanted to include all options.
Maximum Speed: 300 mph
Twin Engine max at Sea Level: 2,500 fpm
Single engine max at Sea Level: 875 fpm
Ceiling: 20,000 ft (aircaft is pressurised)
Takeoff Distance at gross weight: 709 ft
Takeoff Distance over 50 ft. obstacle 1,125 ft
Landing Distance:707 ft
Landing Distance over 50 ft. obstacle 1,489 ft.
Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
Gross Weight: 5,400 lbs
Useful Load:1,996 lbs (905kg)
Passenger Capacity:5 (1 crew)
The Cessna 337 is still used in 2009 and could be utilised in a late-date TMP campaign as a ‘utility plane’ – providing a variety of services. For example, a real-world company named AirScan uses a Cessna 337 as a sort of ‘manned Predator’ – it carries the same sensors as a Predator and a weather radar.
The Super-Lynx can carry weapons which include SUU-11A/A 7.62 mm gun pods; FFV UNI 12.7 mm gun pods; LAU-32A/A, 32B/A, 59A, 68A and 68B/A rocket launchers; CBU-14, SUU/14/A containers and bombs, LUU-1B, 5B, and Mod 6 Mk 3 markers; Mk 24 flares; ADSID (Air Deliverable Seismic Intrusion Detector); and a combined search radar and speaker system.
CREW SUPPORT: The Rhodesian Air Force operated the Lynx from austere, rough-field airstrips and required only 3 crew per plane (a pilot and 2 ground crew). The Morrow Project assigns 6 aircrew and 4 grooundcrew per Super-Lynx
COST: The Cessna 0-2 cost $92,000 (in 1982 dollars) – which compares quite well with the cost of an APC like the LAV Stryker ($150,000 in 1982)