Cessna Classics

This page contains all my pictures about Cessna's Classic models:  Starting with the 120-140 series, then up to the 170 and finally, the beautiful 190 & 195 !

I am dedicating this page to Mr. Mort Brown, the first Chief Pilot of Production Flight Test, Cessna Aircraft Company, from 1937 - 1972, with whom I had the honor and immense pleasure of having very interesting conversations.  A big salute also goes to his wife Sharon, who's work is making it possible for all to learn of Mort's achievements.


Picture from Paul Bowen Photography Inc, as featured on the book
"Pistons, Props & Tail Draggers", by Mort & Sharon Brown, 2006

To learn more about Mort Brown's amazing career, click here !


The 120-140 Series:

To learn everything you always wanted to know about the Cessna 120-140, THE reference is the International 120-140 Association's web site !  Click here to visit their web site and become a member !

The Cessna 120 The Model 120 was identical to the 140 but was a stripped-down version, making it very popular for the training schools of the day.  Electrical systems were optional and the upholstery simple but functional.  It does not have wing flaps nor rear D window although many had them added afterwards.  It was first introduced in 1946 and was sold for $ 2,695.00

The Cessna 140 The Model 140 was first designed in January 1945 with the prototype flying in June of that year.  Originally equipped with a 85hp Continental C-85-12 engine it was all metal, except fabric covering of the wings.  Later a 90hp engine was offered in option, the Continental C-90-12F/14F.  It came with metal wing flaps actuated by a lever in the cabin, dual wheel controls and pedals, steerable tail-wheel, engine mufflers, sponge rubber non-sagging seats, deluxe upholstery, complete sound-proofing, heater, cool air vents, toe-operated hydraulic brakes and complete electrical system, including a generator and self starter.  A fixed pitch, wood or metal propeller was optional.  By August 1950, when the last Model 140 was delivered, 7,045 Model 120 & Model 140 airplanes were built by Cessna !  Of those, a great many are still flying today, proof of the quality of that design.  It was first introduced in 1946 and was sold for $ 3,245.00

The Cessna 140A The Model 140A was introduced to prolong the life of this basic design, making its first flight in 1949.  It had metal covered wings of a slightly different configuration and is easily recognizable by its single wing struts like its more modern cousin, the 150.  But with this exception, it was basically a deluxe 140.  A total of 525 Models 140A were built, the last serial number was 15724 and was produced in March of 1951.


The Cessna 120:

1946 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FLPJ
    On short final at the Lachute Fly-In, QC
    In close formation, on our way to the Latuque Fly-In, QC
    At the Latuque Fly-In, QC
    At Mascouche Airport, QC
    At the St-Lazare Fly-In, QC
    At the St-Hyacinthe Fly-In, QC
  C-FQOE
    At the St-Lazare Fly-In, QC

US Registered:
  N1812N
  N76952
  N89550
    Parked at the CAF Museum
  N89978
 

1947 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FFVG
    Short final at the Louiseville Fly-In, QC
  
 Taxiing
  C-FMSE
    3/4 rear view
    Short final at St-Victor Fly-In, QC
    At Lac Labelle Ice Fly-In
  C-FQWC
    On short final at the St-Lazare Fly-In, QC
    Side view

    Again, in St-Lazare, 2010 Fly-In
  C-FUJW
  C-FVWX
 
C-FYWX on floats
   
Front view

US Registered:
  N1829V
  N2460N

  N2648N

  NC4191N
  N3161N

1948 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FBTF  (Owner Maintenance Category)
    At the St-Hyacinthe Fly-In, QC


The Cessna 140A:

1949 - US Registered:
  N5398C on the line at Oshkosh

1950 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FBTG
    At Oshkosh 2004
    At the Cornwall Fly-In, ON
    On take-off at the Cornwall Fly-In, ON
    Short final at the Louiseville Fly-In, QC
    Taxiing at the Louiseville Fly-In, QC

    At the Latuque Fly-In, QC
    At the Drummondville Fly-In, QC

US Registered:
  N5398C
  N?????
  N5669C "Charlie"

1951 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FJFG  Paul's new aircraft at Lac Agile, QC


Classic panels:

  C-FLPJ - C-120, 1946
 
C-FJAR - C-140, 1946
 
C-FJJL - C-140, 1946
  
C-GGHI - C-140, 1946
  C-GUIR - C-140, 1946
  N-76339 - C-140, 1946
  C-GUKI - C-170, 1952
  CF-YRT - C-170B, 1953
  N3010B - C-195B, 1952

 

 


 

 

The Cessna 140:

1946 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FDCI
    Rear view

  C-FDWN

    3/4 rear view
  CF-EKR
  CF-DMH at Oshkosh 2010
  C-FFCI on skis (pic by owner)
  C-FFGM
  C-FFOK

  C-FIDP
    At the Lachute Fly-I
n, QC
    3/4 rear view
    In flight at the Cornwall Fly-In
    At the Air Rallye 08

    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
  C-FJAR
    3/4 rear view
    At St-Victor Fly-In, QC (his first ever fly-in !)

    The owner Martin at his first winter Fly-In on skis
    Myself with the owner about to leave Lac Labelle
  C-FJJL (I almost bought this one...)
    Side view

 
C-FKON (Owner Maintenance Category)
    3/4 front view
    On skis at Lac Williams Fly-In, QC
    At the St-Hyacinthe Fly-In, QC
      Taking-off
    On short final at St-Victor Fly-In, QC
    At the Ile Ronde Winery Fly-In, QC
    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
  CF-LET
    Side view
    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
 C-FLHF

 
C-FLMO
  C-FQWR (pic by owner)
  C-FWNR
    At the St-Hyacinthe Fly-In, QC (new paint scheme)
  C-FZHA

  C-GGHI

    At St-Victor Fly-In, QC

  C-GNCH (pics by owner)
   
Side view
  C-GUFM
    3/4 rear view
  C-GUIR
    Taxiing at the Louseville Fly-In, QC
    In Sherbrooke
    At the Lac Agile Fly-In, QC
  C-GUOS
    Taxiing at the Cornwall Fly-IN, ON
    Taking off

    3/4 rear view at the Trois-Rivières Airport, QC
    At Lac Labelle Ice Fly-In with its new owner
    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In

US Registered:
  N72513

  N76339
  N89794 (on floats)
    At the dock at Fond-du-Lac

  N77093
  N90098
  NC76209

International:
  D-ETJK (pic by owner)

1947 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FDRT
    At the Quebec City Fly-I
N, QC
    At Ile-aux-Coudre
s Airport, QC
  C-FISX from the west coast ! (pics by owner)
    Side view

  C-FIYF

    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
  C-FNEH at the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
    In flight, on take-off
  C-FMOB

  C-GUDW
    At the St-Lazare Fly-In, QC
    At the Lac-à-la-Tortue Airport, QC

US Registered:
  N1752V
    Polished rudder

  N4062N
 

1948 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FEEO
   
Front view
   
On Skis (pic by owner)
    In flight on take-off at the 2010 St-lazare Fly-In

  C-FKZL

  C-FKVO at the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
  C-GBZT

US Registered:
  NC2165V  Oshkosh Champion, 2008
  NC2194V
  NC2462V

International:
  TT-AST, Iceland (by owner)

 


The 170 Series:

The Cessna 170The Model 170, along wth its cousins the 120 and the 140 were known as the "rag-wing" Cessnas as they were the last fabric-covered wing models produced.  The Model 170, a 4-place version of the 120-140 made its first flight in September 1947.  Within 9 months of concept, the Model 170 was designed, built and took to the air !  Deliveries started 6 months later.

The Cessna 170AIn 1949, Cessna discontinued fabric-covered wings and converted the 170 to an all-metal covering, thereby creating the Model 170A.

The Cessna 170B:  Introduced in 1952, the Cessna 170B was introduced featuring a new wing incorporating dihedral similar to the military version. The B model was equipped with very effective modified-Fowler (slotted, rearward-traveling) wing flaps which deflect up to 40° and a wing design that lives on in the Cessna light singles of today (constant NACA 2412 section with a chord of 64 inches (1,600 mm) from centerline to 100 inches (2,500 mm) out, then tapering to 44-inch (1,100 mm) NACA 2412 section chord at 208 inches from centerline, with three-degree washout across the tapered section). The 170B model also included a new tailplane, a revised tailwheel, larger rear windows and other refinements over the 170 and 170A.  (This text is from Wikipedia)

In 1955, the previously elliptical rear side windows were changed to a more square design.

 

The Cessna 170:

1946 - US Registered:
  N?????
  N2608V

1948 - Canadian Registered:
  C-GHFK
    Taxiing at the Lachute Fly-In, QC

US Registered:
  N-3813V
    Parked elsewhere on Falcon Field, AZ
  N-4252V

  NC4252V


The Cessna 170A:

1949 - US Registrered:
  N9018A

1950 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FGUG
    Landing at the St-Hyacinthe Fly-In, QC

    At Lac Labelle Ice Fly-In

US Registered:
  N5430C
  N5752C
  N9126A
  N9170A

  N9971A

1951 - Canadian Registered:
  CF-ZAH
    At the Air Rallye 2006

US Registered:
  N1493D

1953 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FYRT

    At the Maniwaki Airport, QC

    At the Air Rallye '07
      Taxiing

    At the Cornwall Fly-In, ON

 

The Cessna 170B:

1952 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FFBO
  C-FFVD
   
Side view
  C-GPHY at Oshkosh, 2006

  C-GUCB

    Side view
  C-GUDI (this one has the 180HP engine STC !)

    At Chute St-Philippe Airport, QC
    At Lac Labelle Ice Fly-In
 
C-GUKY
    At Lac-à-la-Tortue Airport, QC

    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
 
C-GYZQ
    At the Cornwall Fly-In, ON

US Registered:
  N-52WJ
  N170HT
  N2255D
  N2351D
  N2619D
  N4434B
  N5112J
  N8107A
  N8250A
  N8293A

1953 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FFGQ
   At the Lachute Fly-In, QC
   On take-off at the Cornwall Fly-In, ON
   Taxiing at the Iroquois Fly-In, ON
   Taxiing

  C-FFTU

   At the St-lazare Fly-In, QC
  C-GOXF at Oshkosh 2006

US Registered:
  N1909C

  N2501C

  N3287A
  N49CP

  N3024A

1954 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FBTD at the Can-Am Fly-In, QC
  C-GOAW (pic by owner)
    At the 2010 St-Lazare Fly-In
    In flight on take-off
  C-FGWH taxiing at Lac Labelle Ice Fly-In

    Shutting down
  C-GKGG

US Registered:
  N2824C
  N3455C

1955 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FICH (on floats)

US Registered:
  N3467D at Oshkosh
 
N3598C
  N4172
  N4398B
  N4434B
  N4401B
  N4491B

1956 - Canadian Registered:
  C-FITN

    At the Iroquois Fly-In, ON
  C-FZHV
    At its home base, St-Victor, QC

 


The Airmasters:

The Cessna 190 & 195The Model 190 & 195 were known as the "Airmasters", the 195 being Mort Brown's preferred model of all the aircraft manufactured by Cessna to this day.  This model emerged in December 1944.  The 195 was powered by a 300hp Jacobs engine and flew at a top speed over 180 mph with 4 passengers and luggage.  It was the executive aircraft of its time.

Note:  Most of the details listed above about the Cessna airplanes were extracted from the book "Cessna's Golden Age", by Alan Abel, Drina Welch Abel & Paul Matt, published by Wind Canyon Books, Inc. in 2001 - ISBN: 1-891118-37-4.

 

The Cessna 190 & 195 Business Liners:

1947 - Canadian Registered:
  CF-NPT (C-190)
  At Lachute Airport, QC

1948 - US Registered:
  N3765G (C-190)
  N4339V (C-190)
  N4352V (C-195)

1949 - US Registerred:
 
N3899V  (C-195)
  N8266R  (C-195A)

1950 - US Registered:
  N9872A  (C-190)
  N1001D  (C-195A)
  N9836A  (C-195A)
  N9855A  (C-195A)

1951 - US Registered:
 
N1054D  (C-195A)

1952 - US Registered:
 
N9854A (C-190)
  N1524D (C-195A)
  N3010B (C-195B)
  N4432C (C-195B)
  N1LA  (C-195B)

1953 - US Registered:
  N4495C (C-195)

1954 - US Registered:
  N2160C (C-195B)

1955 - US Registered:
  N2185C (C-195B)

Unknown Registration / year:
  195 taxiing in Oshkosh
  Taking off

 


Various pictures:

  Line of 140 tails, at Les Faucheurs de Marguerites Fly-In, QC.
 
Three 140s at the Cornwall Fly-In, ON
 
Three 140s at the Festival de l'Aviation Fly-In, QC
 
Two 120s & two 140s at the Latuque Fly-In, QC
 
Classic tails at the Lachute Fly-In, QC
 
C-FLPL & C-GUDW on short final, Lachute, QC
    Formation fly-over
   
Formation landing
  N??? - C-170 At Falcon Field, AZ

The following pics were provided by Al Nelson, from Winipeg, Canada. They were taken in late forties, early fifties in b&w:

  CF-DMI 140 at Riverton, Manitoba in 1951
  CF-GRX 140A on skis
    At the Winipeg Flying Club
    Landing at the Winipeg Flying Club
    In front of the old hangar of the Winipeg Flying Club

 


Another Cessna Classic, the 165 Airmaster, 1940:
  NC237E
  3/4 rear view

  Taxiing

 
Taxiing
  Taking off

 
In flight