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Cessna Aircraft Company
Type Subsidiary
Industry Aerospace
People who started it Clyde Cessna
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas, United States
Key people Scott A. Ernest (CEO from 31 May 2011)
Things made General aviation aircraft
Business jets
Employees 8,500 (2013)
Parent Textron Aviation
Subsidiaries McCauley Propeller Systems
Website cessna.com

The Cessna Aircraft Company is an American general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Best known for small, piston-powered aircraft, Cessna also produces business jets. The company is a subsidiary of the U.S. conglomerate Textron.

History

Clyde Cessna, a farmer in Rago, Kansas, built his own aircraft and flew it in June 1911, the first person to do so between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Cessna started his wood-and-fabric aircraft ventures in Enid, Oklahoma, testing many of his early planes on the salt flats. When bankers in Enid refused to lend him more money to build his planes, he moved to Wichita.

Aircraft models

Currently Cessna has the following models in production:

  • Cessna 172 – high-wing, single piston-engined, four-seat aircraft in production since the 1950s. More Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft
  • Cessna 182 – high-wing, single piston-engined, four-seat aircraft in production since 1996 (was originally produced between 1956 and 1985)
  • Cessna 206 – high-wing, single piston-engined, six-seat utility aircraft in production since 1962
  • Cessna 208 – high-wing turboprop utility aircraft in production since 1984.
  • Cessna 400 – a turbocharged variant of the Cessna 350, in production since 2004
  • Cessna 510 – twin-engined very light business jet produced since 2005
  • Cessna 525 – twin-engined light business jet produced since 1991
  • Cessna 560XL – twin-engined small-to-medium business jet produced since 1996
  • Cessna 680 – twin-engined mid-sized business jet produced since 2004
  • Cessna 750 – twin-engined long-range medium business jet aircraft produced since 1996

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