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Cessna 160

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The Cessna Model 160 was a United States single engine, four place, high wing, strut-braced, prototype monoplane designed in 1962 by Cessna.[1] Development beyond the prototype stage was not pursued and only one example was constructed.[1]


Cessna thought that a less expensive four-place aircraft than the existing Cessna 172 would have good market potential. The company designed a simplified four-seat high-wing aircraft using non-tapering wings, extensive use of heavily-beaded wing and fuselage skins as well as free-castering nose gear to save weight and decrease the man-hours required for construction.[1]

The aircraft was intended to be sold for USD$8,450, which would have been just USD$955 more than the 1962 model two-place Cessna 150B and far below the cost of the 1962 model Cessna 172C, which was USD$9895.

The prototype aircraft was registered as N5419E and first flew in 1962, powered by a Franklin engine of Template:Convert. The intention was to use a Template:Convert Continental O-300 engine for the production model.[1][2]

The aircraft was subjected to a flight test program in 1962 and 1963. The Franklin engine gave the aircraft a top speed of Template:Convert, while the proposed O-300 powered version was forecast to have a top speed of Template:Convert. A proposed military version, tentatively designated Cessna 160M and powered by a Template:Convert Continental IO-360, would have had a top speed of Template:Convert.[1]

The flight test program showed that, while the aircraft met its goals, it did not offer enough cost advantages to proceed to production, when tooling costs were accounted for. As a result the project was abandoned.[2]

The sole prototype Cessna 160 was retained by the company until 1974, when it was sold as scrap. The scrap yard did not complete the destruction of the airframe and it was later offered for sale.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Murphy, Daryl (2006). The Cessnas that got away. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Phillips, Edward H: Wings of Cessna, Model 120 to the Citation III, Flying Books, 1986. ISBN 0-911139-05-2

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