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U-3A "Blue Canoe"
Serial number 58-2127


  • Wing Span: 36'

  • Length: 27' 1"

  • Height:  10'5"

  • Maximum Speed: 257M.P.H.

  • Service Ceiling: 20,000 ft.

  • Range:  850Miles

  • Crew:  2 crew, 3 pax

  • Armament: None

  • 2 x 240 H.P. Continental IO-470-M engines


The U-3A began life as the Cessna model 310A in January of 1953. Built as a four or five passenger fast executive transport, 546 U-3A's were accepted by the United States Air Force. Originally designed as L-27A's, the U-3A served as an executive transport, liaison aircraft and performed as chase plane in a number of units that operated the U-2.


When the U-3A's were replaced by faster jet pro­pelled aircraft, many were given to base aero clubs. Our U-3A last flew with the aero club at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. It was flown to the museum in March of 1987. After 5 months in the restoration hangar, it was placed on display in its military colors.

Information derived from, “Travis Heritage Center” by Nick Veronico, copyright Travis AFB Historical Society and Travis AFB Heritage Center Foundation.

This book is available from the Travis Heritage Center gift shop.

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