Clyde V. Cessna, originally a motor mechanic, built his first aircraft at Enid, Oklahoma, in the spring of 1911. Built and flew several more before moving to Wichita, Kansas, in 1917. Founded Travel Air Manufacturing Company with Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman on February 5,1925. Disagreed with company policy on aircraft design and in 1927 built
Cessna T-50 / C-78
Cessna T-50
self-financed monoplane which developed into Airmaster and Model 195 series of four-seat cantilever high-wing cabin monoplanes. Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company established with Victor Roos on September 8,1927; Roos backed out and on December 31 the present Cessna company was incorporated.

Production of "A" series (again with cantilever wings) began 1928, as did BW three-seater. Built DC-6 prototype 1929, followed by four-seat DC-6A and 6B. Cessna tried to keep factory functioning during the Depression, producing 300 CG-2 primary gliders, but finally
Cessna Model 120 / 140
120 / 140
had to close in 1931. Company continued to exist and build several highly successful custom-built racers. Factory reopened 1934, but Clyde sold his interests and company continued to be run by his son, a nephew, and T. Salter. Went on to develop highly successful Airmaster series and in 1939 the first Cessna twin, the T-50 five-seat cabin monoplane. Latter built in large numbers including nearly 1,200 Crane trainer versions for the RCAF. Adopted also by USAAF, U.S.
Cessna Model 170 / 172 / 175 / 182 Skylark / Skyhawk / Skylane / T-41
170/172/175/182 Skylark
Army and Navy, and over 5,000 produced during Second World War, serving in all theaters.

After the war Cessna began building light aircraft for private and business use. The most successful early models were Models 140 and 170, plus later Models 172, 305,180, and others which became world renowned. Model 305 used widely for liaison duties during Korean War and later as L-19/OE-1 Bird Dog (over 3,500 built). In March 1952 acquired Seibel Helicopter Co and the CH-1
Cessna Model 305A / O-1 Bird Dog
305A / O-1 Bird Dog
four-seat helicopter was developed and built in small numbers. In 1972 Cessna became the world's first company to have produced 100,000 aircraft. Production has included nearly 2,000 twin-engined jet trainers and A-37 strike aircraft for the U.S.A.F. and U.S. Military Assistance Program. Company's Pawnee and Wallace divisions taken into Aircraft division in 1984, but company sold to General Dynamics in 1985 and then to Textron Inc.

In July 1996 Cessna Single Engine Piston Facility opened in Independence, Kansas, to
Cessna H-41 ''Seneca''
Cessna H-41 "Seneca"
reintroduce production of single-engined light aircraft to Cessna range. Currently available Cessna aircraft are Cessna 172R and 172SP Skyhawk four-seat lightplanes as much refined versions of previous Skyhawk, four-seat 182S Skylane as refinement of previous Skylane versions, six-seat 206H Stationair and T206H Turbo Stationair as refinements of previous versions, 208 Caravan (first flown 1982) as single-turboprop commuter, business and cargo aircraft (among other uses) offered in four civil versions plus as U-27A for U.S. foreign military sales, and
Cessna Model 525 CitationJet
525 CitationJet
a range of business jets as six/seven-seat Model 525 CitationJet (first flown April 1991), nine/12-seat Model 550 Citation Bravo (first flown April 1995), nine/ten-seat Model 560 Citation Ultra and latest Ultra Encore (latter first flown July 1998), eight/ten-seat Model 560-XL Citation Excel (first flown February 1996), 15-seat Model 650 Citation VII (first flown February 1991), ten-seat Model 680 Citation Sovereign (for certification in year 2002), 11/14-seat Model 750 Citation X (first flown December 1993), CJ1 (for delivery from year 2000 as successor to CitationJet), and eight-seat CJ2 (to fly 1999).

Back to the letter C

All the World's Rotorcraft

Virtual Aircraft Museum

Model A
OW-6 / DC-6
C-34 / C-37 / C-38
C-145 / C-165
Cessna T-50
120 / 140
190 / 195
170/172/175/182 Skylark
305A / O-1 Bird Dog
180 / 185 Skywagon
310 / 320 / 335 / 340 / U-3
318 / A-37 Dragonfly
150 / 152
210 Centurion
336 / 337 Skymaster / O-2
206 / 207 Super Skywagon
401 / Utiliner / 402
421 Golden Eagle
177 / Cardinal
414 Chancellor
500 Citation
404 Titan
441 Conquest II
T303 Crusader
425 Corsair
208 Caravan
525 CitationJet