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Happy Birthday Skyhawk!  
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

The immortal Cessna 172 turns 50 today. No doubt just about anyone connected with avation has had a ride in one and many probably got their first taste of flying in this little bird. It gave me my wings. While maybe not the fastest or sexiest plane around, the ol Slowhawk is nonetheless a stable reliable workhorse.


Here is to another 50 years for the Skyhawk.


[Edited 2006-03-18 00:28:19]

God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Cessna has built over 38,700 172/Skyhawks since 1955, and continues to make them today.



Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2950 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

50 and still lookin' good baby!!!! Excellent product. I love to watch them over at FRG on the weekends along with the rest of the G.A. a/c and occasional corporate jet. I have quite a few hours in this a/c type and loved every one of them!

"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Fantastic plane! I just came upon the AOPA video in Google:

Just to think that N5000A is still flying today. Is 38,700 a record production run for a single aircraft type? I always thought that the honor belonged to the Antonov An-2, but it appears I am mistaken.

Anyway, Happy Birthday - Sail on, silver bird!

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The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1624 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

I had an opportunity to fly a brand new Skyhawk last week. This one had every option available on the 172. Glass panels, xenon taxi/landing lights, airbags on the seatbelts, automatic transponder activation plus more. Very nice airplane. Congratulations to Cessna on 50 years of 172's!

Holy Crap I just looked at the AOPA article on the 172 in my AOPA magazine and N1655H is the featured aircraft. This is the exact airplane I just flew! It's available for rental at our local airport Suburban Aviation (KDUH)

[Edited 2006-03-20 16:14:13]

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