The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the top selling aircraft of all time—and it’s unlikely that another model will knock it out of its number one position any time soon. Wikipedia’s “List of most produced aircraft” shows the Skyhawk on top with 60,000-plus units and counting; the Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-2 (no longer in production) is a distant number two with 36,183 units—almost half that of the 172. Cessna’s website lists a more modest 43,000-plus units for 172 production, still leaving it solidly in the lead.
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