C208 Caravan / C208B Grand Caravan

The turbine-powered 208 Caravan and its stretched variant the 208B Grand-Caravan allow large payloads to be carried over great distances

The Cessna 208 Caravan has become the backbone of MAF’s fleet and provides a great combination of range, capacity and flexibility.

The simple design and construction, along with a reliable Pratt and Whitney turbine engine which runs on Jet fuel, combine to keep maintenance time and costs to a minimum.

To suit rough airstrips, the Caravans are fitted with sturdy landing gear, larger tires, mud flaps, rubber scraper for the nose tire, and slighter longer nose gear to help prevent mud and rocks being thrown into the propeller when landing.

Right now, there is simply no other single engine aircraft in the category of a Caravan which is better suited for the work in South Sudan.

– Roland Sedlmeier, MAF pilot

Fully equipped for instrument flying, with GPS, weather radar and Stormscope, the Caravan is reliable and can still operate safely in more challenging conditions such as storms or during the rainy season.

In Mongolia for example, where ground temperatures can drop as low as -40ºC in winter, the Grand Caravan is fitted with full de-icing equipment.


The turbine-powered 208 Caravan and its stretched variant the 208B Grand Caravan allow large payloads to be carried over great distances.


Carries up to 13 passengers (208B) and 1,150kg supplies


­Cruising speed: 170 mph

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Number in worldwide fleet

9 (208)
20 (208B)

Places in use

DR Congo
Papua New Guinea
South Sudan

Stories featuring the 208/208B

Peace deserves a chance

October 31st, 2018|

Education, vocational training, health-care, and consistent teaching of the values of peace and reconciliation has almost brought traditional cattle raids and revengeful killings to an end in Kuron, South Sudan. “Peace Deserves a Chance” [...]

Peace through education

October 26th, 2018|

MAF assists partner ADRA in addressing challenges for children in South Sudan who do not have access to equal education opportunities. Jemimah Ruth Aarakit works for ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) as an [...]

A cause for celebration

October 20th, 2018|

MAF participates in celebrating the translating of the Bible into a local Kenyan dialect, a project that began 40 years ago. In 1907, two AIM missionaries did a journey on foot into northern Kenya [...]

Critical care in Mongolia

June 25th, 2018|

Our work week started with an urgent call to pick up a baby suffering from a serious illness. The alarm clock was set for 3 am on Monday morning. At 5 o’clock we took [...]

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