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  • Jan
    Jan
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    Happy 50th birthday, Cessna 172

    I'm a few days early, but on June 12, it is 50 years since the first flight of the Cessna 172.

    The prototype Cessna 172 was c/n 612, N41768.

    Apparently, Cessna has no plans to celebrate this in any way.

    Regards,

    Jan
  • Auster Fan
    Dreaming of my PPL

    #2
    Equally though, how many people have had their first taste of flying, I wonder? Like it or loathe it, it certainly has made its mark on aviation history.
    I like being grey - it means I can worry without it showing!

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    • Papa Lima
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      #3
      According to this web site:
      http://www.airliners.net/info/stats.main?id=140
      it was in November 1955.
      Jan, to keep my "first flights" database correct, please could you confirm your date of June 12 and provide a source for that information?
      "Aviation is a useless and expensive fad advocated by a few individuals whose ideas are unworthy of attention."
      Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir W. G. Nicholson

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      • BlueRobin
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        #4
        Maule have been going forever and positively trade on their ancestry, even if it is a typically run family business Nothing to be ashamed of if you can turn it to your advantage.
        See how they wheel, bank and glide? Perfect. All in one.

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        • Yak 11 Fan
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          #5
          Better buy the old girl a card for her birthday then
          www.hardwickwarbirds.com

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          • Chipmunk Carol
            Surly bond slipper

            #6
            Doesn't the latest C172 have a glass cockpit? That is not exactly lo-tech.
            de Havilland forever!

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            • Jan
              Jan
              Rank 5 Registered User

              #7
              Papa Lima,

              Rod Simpson's "Airlife's General Aviation" states that the first flight occured on June 12, 1955. Production was initiated in November 1955, with a total of 173 (yes indeed) Cessna 172s being produced that year. I've received information on the date from Cessna as well, and they confirm June 12 as being the correct date.

              BTW, I'm currently compiling a book on the military Cessna T-41/172s, from Angola to Vietnam, together with US authors Walt Shiel and Mike Little. The book will be published on March 2, 2006 by Slipdown Mountain Publications LLC.

              Everything on the '172 in military service is of interest!

              Regards,

              Jan

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