The gorgeous Cessna 195 is a historical work of art and a darned capable airplane.
The Cessna 195 is one of the most iconic aircraft designs in the General Aviation fleet. Of the 1,180 that were manufactured from 1947 to 1954, less than 600 remain. They are the pride and joy of many an aviation enthusiast. To understand the airplane’s significance, it’s interesting to look at its history.
The Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s decimated Cessna Aircraft Co. Clyde Cessna started the company in 1927 but because of the country’s economic meltdown, the young aircraft company sputtered just two years later. Cessna ceased building airplanes. By the mid-1930s, market conditions were slightly improved, enough so that Clyde Cessna’s nephew, Dwane Wallace (who’d been doing some work for Walter Beech as an aeronautical engineer) asked his uncle if he could try his hand to revive Cessna Aircraft Co.
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