The Cessna O-2 Skymaster is a modern American production observation plane with a double-bar structure. The drive is provided by two coupled motors Continental-IO-360 with 213 HP each. The first flight of this machine took place in 1967. On the other hand, serial production continued in the years 1967-1975, ending with the production of about 530-540 aircraft of this type. The machine has the ability to carry weapons on four under-wing hooks.
The Cessna O-2 Skymaster was created as a successor to the O-1 Bird Dog aircraft, commissioned by the United States Air Force. The manufacturer, Cessna, in order to shorten the time of research and development works on the new aircraft, to a large extent used the components and elements of its own production machine - the 337 model. Only two versions of this successful aircraft were produced in the course of serial production. The first was called the O-2A, which was a classic reconnaissance and observation aircraft capable of attacking targets on the ground. The second version (O-2B) was adapted to the tasks of psychological warfare and spreading propaganda by installing megaphones and containers for the discharge of leaflets from the air. The Cessna O-2 Skymaster was heavily used during the Vietnam War (1964 / 1965-1975). Machines of this type were also widely used by foreign recipients, for example: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Iran or South Korea.