Cessna's Golden Oldie
What flies into your mind when you hear the words "light aircraft"? We bet it's the 172.
- By Roger A. Mola
- Air & Space magazine, July 2006
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Length: 27 ft. 2 in.
Wingspan: 36 ft. 1 in.
Height: 8 ft. 11 in.
Horsepower at 2,400 rpm: 160
Propeller: Two-blade fixed pitch
Basic empty weight: 1,639 lbs.
Maximum speed (at sea level): 142 mph
Service ceiling: 13,500 ft.
Rate of climb: 720 ft./min.
Total usable fuel: 53 gal.
Base price with standard avionics and the front-seat inflatable restraint system: $172,500
Options include air conditioning ($21,950), special finishes, and upgrades, such as a flat-panel-display cockpit.