The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seater single-engine civilian aircraft manufactured by the Cessna Aviation Company. With over 43,000 built and production still ongoing, it is the most-produced aircraft in history.
The 172 began as a version of the Cessna 170 with tricycle landing gear and an improved engine. It first flew on June 12th, 1955 as the Cessna 170C. The model number was later changed to 172 to lower certification costs and time. When it was introduced in 1956, the Skyhawk was an instant success with over 1,400 being built that year. Since then, the 172 has gone through many modifications and variants, even seeing military training service as the T-41 Mescalero. The current production model of the Skyhawk is the 172S, with the 172TD planned to enter service in the near future.
- Powerplant: one Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine
- Maximum speed: 143 mph
- Range: 801 miles
- Service ceiling: 13,500 feet
- Crew: one / two
- Capacity: three / two passengers
- Empty weight: 1,691 lbs
- Length: 27 feet 2 inches
- Wingspan: 36 feet 1 inches
- Height: 8 feet 11 inches