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Wings Over Kansas Aircraft Built by Cessna Aircraft Company – Wings Over Kansas

Aircraft Built by Cessna Aircraft Company


C-34 Airmaster

The Cessna Airmaster would develop into one of several models (C-34,C-37, C-38, C-145 & C-165) to carry the Airmaster name. This 4 place, high-winged cabin monoplane featured a 7 cylinder, 145 HP Warner radial engine that delivered a max speed of 162 MPH and offered a 550-mile range. The Airmaster series would win the title of “Worlds Most Efficient Airplane” in 1936. 42 C-34’s were built (out of a grand total of 186 for all of the Airmaster series), with a price of $4,985. Considered to be one of the classic aircraft from the golden era of aviation, the Airmaster allowed Cessna Aircraft Company to establish a firm foothold from the depression era, and emerge into a world power of general aviation.

172 Skyhawk

The Cessna Model 172 Skyhawk, which first appeared in the mid 1950’s, along with it’s stablemate, the 182 – was built to compete with the Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer, the top selling private plane from 1952 to 1956. The 172 evolved from the Cessna model 170 (tail-dragger) in 1956 in which the tri-cycle landing gear and new empennage design created a line of aircraft that would prove to be the worlds most popular general aviation aircraft to date. Relatively affordable with docile handling characteristics have made this 4-place aircraft an all-time favorite with recreational and business flyers alike. Originally powered by a 145 HP 0-300 Engine (yielding a top speed of about 135 MPH), later versions used up to a 180 HP Lycoming 0-320 engine (yielding about 144 MPH) to carry 4 people.

337 Super Skymaster

Originally planned as a safe twin engine aircraft (to avoid the asymmetrical drag associated with an engine-out of a conventional twin) the models 336 Skymaster (fixed gear) & 337 Super Skymaster (retractable gear) stand out as one of the most unique products brought to market by Cessna Aircraft Company. Approximately 2,000 Skymasters were built between 1963 – 1983, making it Cessna’s 2nd best selling twin. Utilizing an engine to pull, and another to push (twin engine redundancy – centerline thrust concept) and featuring outstanding visibility from the cockpit, the aircraft found usage by the U. S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam era as a forward Air Control aircraft. The 6 place Skymaster made use of either a 210 or 225 HP Continental engine, yielding a top speed of 183 MPH.

188 AG Husky

Cessna Aircraft Company developed and marketed several models of crop dusting / aerial spraying versions of the model 188. Originally developed in the mid 1960’s, the model 188 was sold under the names of Ag Wagon, Ag Pickup, Ag Truck, Ag Carryall and Ag Husky. The Ag Husky shown here featured a 310 HP Turbocharged engine and a 280-gallon hopper. Unique to these aircraft were safety enhancements that came in the way of windshield and gear wire-cutter blades to deal with any close-encounters with telephone lines, 4130 chrome-moly steel tube fuselage structure and night operations lights. Approximately 4,000 model 188’s were built.

310

With approximately 5,500 aircraft sold since it’s debut in 1954, the Cessna model 310 has earned the distinction of being Cessna’s best selling twin-engine aircraft. The 310 is perhaps best known as the “star” of the 1960’s television show “Sky King” (featuring a 1960 model 310D named Songbird II). Long considered to be one of the best looking aircraft to have been designed, the 310 was available between the mid 1950’s until production stopped in the early 1980’s. Originally equipped with 2 Continental 240 HP engines, the last model featured 2, 285 HP Continental engines.

T-37

Affectionately known as the “Tweety Bird”, the Cessna T-37 trainer has provided exceptional, long-term service as the U. S. Air Force’s prime transitional trainer between propeller driven aircraft and T-38 jet aircraft. First flown in 1954, the T-37 was produced until 1977, in which a total of 1,272 aircraft were built. Powered by two Continental J-69 engines (providing 1,025 pounds of thrust each), the T-37 could maintain a service ceiling of 35,100 feet. The side-by-side seating configuration of pilot and co-pilot helped to facilitate pilot training based upon the contemporary thinking of that time. An armed variant of the T-37, known as the A37B was powered by two GE jet engines (2,850 pounds of thrust each), and could be outfitted with napalm tanks, 2.75″ rockets as well a conventional bombs and a 7.62mm mini-gun. 577 A37B attack aircraft were built, and used primarily during the Vietnam War.

Citation X

Having made its first flight in December, 1993, the Citation X (Ten) has set numerous records as the fastest production business jet in the world. Flying at Mach 0.92 (about 600 MPH), the only civilian aircraft that is faster is the supersonic Concorde. Powered by two Allison Rolls Royce AE-3007C turbofans (generating about 6,400 pounds of thrust each), the aircraft can accommodate a crew of two and as many as twelve passengers in extreme comfort. The Citation X is the flagship of a long series of best-selling business jets whose name Citation is derived from the famous thoroughbred racehorse “Citation”.