The Cessna 185 is basically an improved Cessna 180 model. The main difference between Cessna 180 and 185 is the engine. The 185 has 300 hp (224 kW) Continental Motors IO-520-D engine as opposed to the 230 hp (172 kW) Continental Motors O-470-S fitted in the Cessna 180.
Cessna 185 was also known as the Skywagon. The prototype was first flown in July 1960 but the 1st production model was completed in March 1961. Production of the Cessna 185 was ceased in 1985. There were about over 4,400 units that were produced.
The 185 or Skywagon is a six-seat, single-engine general aviation light aircraft. It is a high-winged aircraft with non-retractable, conventional landing gear and tail wheel. It can also be fitted with floats, amphibious floats and skis.
The 180 and 185 models were also used in bush flying. Bush flying is the transport of passengers and freight to remote airstrips and floatplane and ski plane accessible lakes and snowfields.
Different variants followed the initial production of Model 185 Skywagon including an agricultural aircraft popularly known as AGcarryall. It has an additional 151-gallon belly chemical tank and removable spray booms for aerial application.