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Hello, aircraft fans!

In this edition of the Plane Splash, we will look at the greatest general aviation aircraft ever made: the Cessna 172 Skyhawk.  Also, we will see what other Cessna models look like.


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Me in front of the Gorge Winds Aviation sign.

On a recent Tuesday morning, I flew on an Introductory Flight through Gorge Winds Aviation.  For those of you who don’t live in the Portland area, what I’m going to say will make no sense at all, but hopefully it will for the rest of you. 🙂 We taxied out from the general aviation parking area using taxiway A (Alpha in air traffic control language), and took off from the Portland-Troutdale (KTTD) airport, climbed to a few thousand feet, and headed south. We flew around Happy Valley and then even farther south to the Mulino area, and followed the Sandy River back up north.  We did a stop and go landing, a touch and go landing, and then a full stop landing.  I will put in some pictures of the flight.

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Lining up for the final approach to runway 25

The Cessna Skyhawk is a four-seater tricycle-undercarriage general aviation aircraft aimed for the private pilot industry.  Cessna definitely accomplished that!  In nearly 60 years since its first flight, Cessna has sold over 40,000 of these aircraft.  That’s a lot!  Cessna has also let Reims Aviation in France build these under license as the Reims Rocket.  Specifications are as follows: Crew:1 or 2; Powerplant: one 108kW (145hp) Continental 0-300-C flat-six engine; performance: max speed: 224km/h (139mph), range: 1030km (640 miles), service ceiling 3995m (13,100ft.); dimensions: wingspan: 10.86m (35ft. 7.5in.), length: 8.20m (26ft. 11 in.), height: 2.68m (8ft. 9in.); weight: 1043kg (2300lb.) maximum take-off weight; payload: four people.


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The Downtown Portland skyline

The Cessna Skyhawk has truly proved itself to be an excellent aircraft.  Now, let’s look at some other notable Cessna makes.


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Farms down near Happy Valley

The Cessna L-19 was a notable observation aircraft, used mostly in the Korean War.  The “Bird Dog” was used for finding worthwhile targets even a few hundred miles into enemy territory, but enemy fire forced missions to go only a few miles beyond the front lines.


Cessna made another very successful aircraft in the Cessna Model 310.  It was a small, twin-engined aircraft with a five or six person payload.  Although it sold worldwide, few are seen today.  These airplanes had the distinctive wingtip fuel tanks.  So if you ever see a small twin-engined plane with oval-shaped things (fuel tanks) on the end of the wingtips, this is probably a Cessna 310.


You wouldn’t think of Cessna as a very likely candidate for military services, would you?  Well, they were.  The T-37 trainer and A-37 Dragonfly was the USAF’s first purpose-built jet trainer, and was good at the light attack role in the A-37.  Armament is as follows: one 7.62mm (0.30in.) GAU-2 Minigun six-barrel machine gun, and eight underwing hardpoints for 2268kg(5000lb.) of stores.


The Cessna 150 and 152 was the most popular two-seater light aircraft of their day, although they did have some downsides.  They were a little too small for some people’s comfort, so those who are like that typically prefer the Cessna 172.  Total production exceeds 28,500.


Cessna made another of the most unusual aircraft ever:  the Cessna 336 Skymaster.  They had an engine in front and in back, with a twin-boom tail.  They also were popular with the military during the Vietnam War, and produced about 3000 aircraft.


Cessna also produced the Cessna 421 Golden Eagle.  This plane was aimed for the small business/executive industry.  It was a twin-engined, passenger/freight aeroplane designed after the success of the Cessna 310.


And lastly, the Cessna Citation.  This jet has a similar look to the earlier Cessnas, but obviously has two jets at the back instead of a propeller at the front.  The Citation V or Cessna 560 has a stretched cabin, and is the last of Cessna’s straight-winged aircraft.


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Landing at Troutdale

Other Cessna makes include the Cessna At-17, Cessna Model 120 and 140, Cessna 170, Cessna 195, Cessna 180 and 185, Cessna 320, Cessna CH-1 helicopter, Cessna 175, Cessna 182, Cessna 210, Cessna 205 and 206, Cessna 335 and 340, Cessna 401, Cessna 402, Cessna 188, Cessna 177, Cessna 207, Cessna 411, Cessna 414, Cessna 425, Cessna 441, Cessna T303, Cessna 650, and the popular Cessna 208 and 208B.


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Me with the flight craft

Have a great day!