The Cessna company
is the most successful small-plane manufacturer
ever. Their self-titled Cessna 172
"SkyHawk" reigned the skies for almost 47 years with no competition; and even when competition hit the skies, people still take preference to the old, trusted-and-true
It all started back in 1937
. August 13, 1937
. A small company in Wichita flew a full cantelever winged monoplane (cantelever wings have no supporting struts or braces). The inventor, Clyde Cessna
, takes credit for the design and patents it later that year.
Clyde wasn't new to this whole airplane business - in fact, in 1911
he built and flew his own biplane. On September 7, 1927
, Clyde incorporated Cessna Inc., and started production of his various designs.
Cessna currently manufactures and has in their inventory quite a number of planes and models; too many to list here. I advise you check out their own website for details on all of their products.
Cessna aircraft currently noded:
Sources: Cessna.Com, my memory, and my flight manual for the Cessna. Thx to Kermitov for timeline corrections. If you have any additions or corrections, pls /msg me.