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Cessna 150 & Cessna 152:

In this article you can find a short overview of the history and facts about the Cessna 152 (and it's predecessor the Cessna 150) aircraft. The Cessna 150/152 is a well known American made single-engine, two-seat, fixed gear airplane used primarily for flight training, touring, and personal flying. The Cessna 152 was intended to compete with the new Beechcraft Skipper and Piper Tomahawk aircraft, both of which were introduced the same year, 1977.

(Cessna airplane video: Cessna 152's landing and taking off)

With a length of 24 feet 1 inches (7.3 meters), and a wingspan of 33 feet 4 inches (10.2 meters), the Cessna 152 has a maximum speed of 126 miles per hour (110 knots), and a maximum take-off weight of 1,670 pounds (757 kg). The Cessna 152 has a service ceiling of 14,700 feet (4,480 meters).

Cessna 150 and Cessna 152 pictures:

Cessna 152 airplane picture

Cessna 152 picture

Cessna 152 pilot training aircraft

Cessna 152 airplane

Cessna airplane

Cessna airplane picture

Between 1977 and 1985 there were a total of 7,584 Cessna 152's produced. The majority, around 6,943 were built in Wichita, Kansas, and consisted of 6,628 regular variants, and 315 Aerobats. During this same time period 641 were built by Reims Aviation under the Cessna license in France and given the designation F152 and FA152. 552 of these were designed as regular variants and 89 were built as Aerobats.

Cessna 150 and Cessna 152 cockpit pictures:

Cessna 152 cockpit

Cessna 152 Cockpit

Cessna 150 aerobat cockpit

Cessna 150 cockpit

Cessna 152 cockpit

Cessna 152 cockpit

Cessna 150 airplane cockpit

Cessna 150 cockpit

Cessna 152 cockpit image

Cessna 152 cockpit

Cessna flight controls

Cessna flight controls

The Cessna 152 proved to be more economical than the Cessna 150 to operate due to an increased time between overhaul which was a direct result of the upgraded powerplant. The earlier 150 model used the Continental O-200-A which generated between 90 and 100 horsepower. By comparison the Cessna 152's Lycoming O-235 produced between 100 and 135 horsepower. The Lycoming powerplant was also more compatible with the newer 100LL low lead fuel, which is still the most commonly available and used aviation gasoline.

(Cessna 152 cockpit video: start-up, power checks, take-off, climb)

According to rumors the Cessna 152 cabin was also widened slightly to make room for the increasing girth of late 20th century pilots.

Cessna 152 aeroplane
(In this photo: Cessna 152 aeroplane)

Equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, the nose wheel of the Cessna 152 is connected to the engine mount and features an oleo strut to dampen and absorb normal operating loads. It's connected to the rudder pedals through a spring linkage. The Cessna 152 is also fitted with a parking brake system which is applied by depressing both toe brakes and then pulling a "Park Brake" lever located to the left of the pilot.

(Cessna 152 cockpit video: descent, landing, shut-down)

There are hundreds of modifications available for the Cessna 152, including a tailwheel landing gear and a number of STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) kits. At a Cessna 150-152 club national convention take-off competition one airplane was able to take off into a headwind using 408 feet of runway when realistically a length of 1,500 feet is ideal. Additionally flap gap seals can also reduce drag and increase rate of climb, and auxiliary fuel tanks for larger capacity.  

Cessna 150 wing and wing strut
(In this photo: Cessna 150 wing and wing strut)

Due to the worldwide popularity of the Cessna 152 there are numerous aviation clubs and associations dedicated to flying and maintaining it. The vast majority of active professional and private pilots have experience flying the Cessna 152. Although he never flew in the aircraft which bears his surname, the Cessna 152 would not have been possible without the foresight of the enthusiastic engineer Clyde Cessna, who passed away in 1954.

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