The Cessna CR-3 established an international speed record in 1933.
Cessna introduced its first twin-engine design, the Model T-50, in 1939.
The Cessna 150L was the most popular trainer aircraft of the post-World War II era.
The Cessna 170 was the biggest selling and most widely produced light aircraft in history.
During the Korean War, the Cessna L-19 was used for a variety of missions including artillery spotting, laying communications wire, evacuating wounded, and dropping supplies and flares. It was also frequently used as an observation platform for commanders in the field.
Geraldine Mock became the first woman to pilot an aircraft around the world in this Cessna 180, the Spirit of Columbus, in 1964.
The Cessna Citation X business jet first flew in December 1993. It became one of the fastest mass-produced aircraft in the world, capable of flying at Mach 0.92 while carrying 14.
Clyde Vernon Cessna was born in Iowa in 1879 and grew up on a Kansas farm. He became captivated with flying after learning of Louis Blériot’s 1909 flight across the English Channel. He purchased a monoplane for himself and spent the next several years traveling to exhibition air shows, meeting many of the daredevil pilots of the era, including Roland Garros, René Simon, Charles Hamilton, and René Barrier.
Traveling east to New York, Cessna spent a month at the Queen Airplane Company factory, learning the fundamentals of flight and the art of plane building. He became so enthusiastic about flying that he spent his life savings of $7,500 to buy an exact copy of the Blériot XI monoplane, shipping it west to his home in Enid, Oklahoma. Cessna flew this aircraft, along with others he designed and built, in exhibition flights throughout the Midwest, continuously modifying the planes to improve their performance.
In 1924, Clyde partnered with fellow aviation pioneers Lloyd C. Stearman and Walter H. Beech to form the Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Inc., a biplane-manufacturing firm, in Wichita, Kansas. Clyde infused the fledgling company with cash and equipment and became its president.
But Clyde always preferred monoplanes, so in 1927, he left Travel Air to form his own company, the Cessna Aircraft Company. There he would build his vision of the ideal aircraft, a full-cantilever-winged monoplane dubbed the Phantom. Commercially successful, the Phantom, along with the Model AW and DC-6, sold well until the start of the Great Depression.
Clyde and his son Eldon turned their attention to building racing
Clyde’s nephew Dwane Wallace, an aeronautical engineer, along with
The C-34 became the aircraft that enabled Cessna Aircraft Company
The Airmaster evolved into the C-37 and C-38, improved versions
The Airmaster line ended with the arrival of World War II after a
Cessna introduced its first twin-engine design, the Model T-50, in
After the war’s end in 1946, Cessna’s facility began manufacturing
In 1948, advertisements began appearing in aviation publications
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