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Cessna 172

United States (1956)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Cessna 172 Light Utility Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 8/2/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Cessna 172  
Picture of Cessna 172 Light Utility Aircraft
Picture of Cessna 172 Light Utility Aircraft

The Cessna 172 has proven a critical commercial success for the Cessna Aircraft Company to the tune of 43,000 units built since 1956.

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Cockpit picture from the Cessna 172 Light Utility Aircraft
Cessna 172 Cockpit Picture
Cessna 172 Specifications
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United States
Year: 1956
Type: Light Utility Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Cessna Aircraft Company - USA
Production: 43,000
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 1 + 3
Length: 27.17 ft (8.28 m)
Width: 36.09 ft (11.00 m)
Height: 8.92 ft (2.72 m)
Empty Weight: 1,640 lb (744 kg)
MTOW: 2,557 lb (1,160 kg)

Installed Power
(Variable): 1 x Continental O-300 six-cylinder, air-cooled engine developing 145 horsepower; 1 x Textron Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine of 180 horsepower.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 186 mph (300 kph; 162 kts)
Maximum Range: 736 mi (1,185 km; 640 nm)
Service Ceiling: 14,009 ft (4,270 m; 2.65 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 730 ft/min (223 m/min)


Operators List
Austria; Australia; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Ecuador; Finland; France; Guatemala; Honduras; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Liberia; Lithuania; Madagascar; Norway; Pakistan; Philippines; Portugal; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States

Series Model Variants
• 172
• 172A
• 172B
• 172C
• 172D
• 172E
• 172F
• 172G
• 172H
• 172I
• 172J
• 172J
• 172K
• 172L
• 172M
• 172N
• 172O
• 172P
• 172Q "Cutlass"
• 172R
• 172RG "Cutlass"
• 172S
• Reims FR172J
• R172K "Hawk XP"
• 172TD
• 172 Electric
• T-41 "Mescalero"

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