Cessena Aircraft Maintenance and History

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Cessna Aircraft traces its history to June 1911, when Clyde Cessna, a farmer in Rago, Kansas, built and flew his own aircraft, the first person to do so between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Cessna started his wood-and-fabric aircraft ventures in Enid, Oklahoma, testing many of his early planes on the salt flats. When bankers in Enid refused to lend him more money to build his planes, he moved to Wichita.

More Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft Cessna Aircraft was formed in 1927 when Clyde Cessna and Victor Roos became partners in the Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company. Roos resigned just one month into the partnership selling back his interest to Cessna. In the same year, the Kansas Secretary of State approved dropping Roos' name from the company name. The Cessna DC-6 earned certification on October 29, 1929, sharing this day in history with the stock market crash of 1929.

Cessna Aircraft Company closed its doors from 1932 until 1934 due to the Great Depression. In 1934, Dwane Wallace, with the help of his brother Dwight, took control of the company and began the process of building it into what would become a global success.[8] In 1933, Cessna CR-3 custom racer took its first flight. The plane won the 1933 American Air Race in Chicago and later set a new world speed record for engines smaller than 500 cubic inches by averaging 237 mph (381 km/h). In 1937, the Cessna C-37 was introduced as Cessna's first seaplane when equipped with Edo floats.

In 1940, the U.S. Army gave Cessna their largest order to date, when they signed a contract for 33 specially equipped Cessna T-50s. Later this same year, the Royal Canadian Air Force placed an additional order for 180 T-50s.

1946 saw Cessna return to commercial production after the revocation of wartime production restrictions (L-48) with the release of the Model 120 and Model 140. The approach was to introduce a new line of all-metal aircraft that used production tools, dies and jigs rather than the hand-built process used older tube-and-fabric construction. In 1948 the Model 140 was named by the US Flight Instructors Association, as the "Outstanding Plane of the Year".

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