One of the first Cessna s produced, a model year built in The was intended to compete with the new Beechcraft Skipper and Piper Tomahawk , both of which were introduced the same year. In Cessna announced that it would build a light-sport successor, designated the Model Skycatcher ,  although production ended in Powerplant[ edit ] All Cessna s were manufactured with a Lycoming O engine which has been in production since
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Cessna Models Models Strictly speaking, in the eyes of the FAA, all Cessna s and s are derived from, and are essentially the same airplane. Cessna made numerous changes to the airplane over its 27 year history, and like other aircraft manufacturers, they assigned different model designations to most years of production.
Unfortunately, Cessna did not use a logical progression of either serial numbers or model designations. It is difficult to match up model years and serial numbers without a cheat sheet. See Cessna Production Trivia for more information about this than you likely care to know. There were changes to the airplanes every model year, although many of them were cosmetic. We can divide the model differences into three categories: designation changes, cosmetic changes, and design changes.
Cessna on the other hand, used "model year" like your favorite car. The first model was simply called the Cessna That model ran from the first airplane in through model year They continued on with K in , then used L from through , and M through French Aerobats were designated FA and the model letter.
The list is rounded out by two models manufactured in France but assembled in Argentina a total of 47 airplanes These were called the AL and A-AL. When Cessna introduced the , they stopped re-designating models by year. There are only 4 designations for all 8 model years of s - Cosmetic Changes The paint schemes and interior appointments of the airplanes were changed every model year.
Like Car makers, Cessna offered standard and deluxe models, and even special editions. Airplanes built in France or exported had different paint schemes as well. All told there was a bewildering array of more than 60 different paint schemes. The Cessna club has been gathering data on the original colors, layouts and model choices for several years now. We expect to eventually have a complete set of paint scheme drawings available here on the website.
Design Changes Though there were dozens of individual design changes model year by model year, some operational, others cosmetic, members can see an exact list of year by year changes. The cowl has a narrower profile giving the a slightly different front profile, though the side profile is essentially the same. There were many more subtle visual changes, the most obvious is when Cessna changed the main landing gear from flat steel to a tubular steel design in the model year.
Another change was the landing and taxi lights which were moved from the wing to the nose, and back to a different place on the wing as the years went by.
Since the model was the only one with both the slant tail and rounded panel, it is the easiest to spot for astute observers, followed closely by the and models which have Omnivision and straight tails. What is the "Best" Model of the Cessna ? Well that depends on your definition of what is the "best. Unfortunately, only 75 were built, and most of them remain in Europe. Except for the Rolls Royce Aerobat, the Cessna with its horsepower engine is the largest and most powerful of all the airplanes, by a slim margin, and of course the Aerobat model is the strongest and most capable of the airplanes, by every criteria except payload.
When we rate the airplanes this way, we can generalize that the later the year, the better, with a few exceptions. We can divide the airplanes into four basic groups as follows: 1. Straight tail fastback: through models. Of these the is the most capable and desirable. Straight tail with Omnivision: and models. Of these the model is slightly preferable, because it has individual bucket seats, instead of the bench type seat in the model.
Extra vibration on the cowl shortens filament life, so this is considered a poor choice. Cessna finally moved the lights back to the wing in Improvements to this range of models include: A larger, standard format panel introduced in , Tubular landing gear in , vertical stabilizer and rudder made more effective in The last , the M had all these and also the cowl mounted lights.
The Aerobat was introduced in , all Aerobats would be considered more desirable than their equivalent standard model. The All essentially the same, with incremental improvements. Like the , the Aerobat would be "Best". Which Models of the Cessna are the most plentiful? This was the first year of the slant tail, the larger baggage area, and electric flaps. Each year production of the declined, until the last model year when only 25 were produced all in France, US production stopped in , with airplanes produced.
Which Model of the Cessna is the rarest? As far as we know, both airplanes are still flying! Copyright Cessna Club. All Rights Reserved.
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Cessna Models Models Strictly speaking, in the eyes of the FAA, all Cessna s and s are derived from, and are essentially the same airplane. Cessna made numerous changes to the airplane over its 27 year history, and like other aircraft manufacturers, they assigned different model designations to most years of production. Unfortunately, Cessna did not use a logical progression of either serial numbers or model designations. It is difficult to match up model years and serial numbers without a cheat sheet. See Cessna Production Trivia for more information about this than you likely care to know. There were changes to the airplanes every model year, although many of them were cosmetic.
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