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The U.S. Air Force began using an off-the-shelf Skyhawk in 1964 to train cadets. (USAF)

Cessna's Golden Oldie

What flies into your mind when you hear the words "light aircraft"? We bet it's the 172.

Wingspan: 36 ft.

Height: 8 ft. 11 in.

Powerplant: Continental
O-300A
Horsepower at
2,400 rpm: 145
Propeller: Two-blade fixed pitch
Basic empty weight:
1,376 lbs.

Total usable fuel: 42 gal.

Rate of climb: 660 ft. per min.

Service ceiling: 15,500 ft.

Base price: $8,700

 

2006 Cessna Skyhawk

Model 172R

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