Cessna A-37B Dragonfly
Rego: VH-DLO Military S/N: 68-10805 Built: 1969
Rego: VH-XVA Military S/N: 68-10779 Built: 1968
The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is a development of an aircraft originally designed in 1952 as a trainer for the US Air Force. The A-37B in its current configuration is designed as a ground attack aircraft and was developed to meet the COIN (counter insurgency) role.
In 1989 Colin Pay (who rebuilt the Museum’s Spitfire) and Noel Vinson found several Dragonflys in Vietnam. Subsequently, ten were purchased from the Government of Vietnam and brought to Australia. The aircraft were fully restored to flying condition and then two were acquired by David Lowy. Both A-37B Dragonflies have been donated to the Temora Aviation Museum VH-XVA in December 2000 and VH-DLO in November 2001.
The Cessna A-37B Dragonflys are currently displayed at the Museum Showcase Days and various airshow events.
EngineTwo General Electric J85-17A
2,850 lbs (1293kg)
Axial Flow turbojets
|Aviation Turbine Fuel (Jet Fuel)|
|Fuselage Tank Capacity:||66 Imperial Gallons||299 Litres||79 U.S. Gallons|
|Wing Tank Capacity (2):||83 Imperial Gallons||376 Litres||99 U.S. Gallons|
|Wing Tip Tank Capacity (2):||75 Imperial Gallons||341 Litres||90 U.S. Gallons|
|Pylon Tank Capacity:||81 Imperial Gallons||367 Litres||97 U.S. Gallons|
|Wingspan:||35' 101/2"||10.93 m|
|Length:||29' 3 "||8.62 m|
|Wing Area:||193.5 sq. ft||17.98 sq. m|
|Height:||9' 3"||2.71 m|
|Empty:||6,254 lb||2,843 kg|
|Maximum Takeoff weight:||14,000 lb||6,364 kg|
One GAU-2B/A 7.62mm Minigun mounted in the nose.
Four pylons under each wing can carry a range of weapons including 30mm DEFA-553 cannon, 20mm GPU-2/A cannon, the SUU-11/A 7.62mm Minigun pod, 19 shot LAU-32A 2.75 in. rocket pods, Mk.82 bombs, napalm tanks, SUU-14 bomblet dispensers, multiple Ejection Racks with four 500 lb bombs, and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
|Maximum Speed:||420 knots||483 mph||778 km/h|
|Cruise Speed:||256 knots||306 mph||491 km/h|