Pilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3020 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.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2908 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2989 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"
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.
DTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1600 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2856 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)