Eight in fleet (P, R, SP and RG Cutlass models).
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955 and still in production, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
A Cessna 172 was used in 1958 to set the world record for flight endurance; the record still stands.
On December 4, 1958 Robert Timm and John Cook took off from McCarran Airfield in Las Vegas, Nevada in a newly-built Cessna 172, registration number N9172B. Sixty-four days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds later, they landed back at McCarran Airfield on February 4, 1959.
The flight was part of a fund-raising effort for the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund. Food and water were transferred by matching speeds with a chase car on a straight stretch of road in the desert, and hoisting the supplies aboard with a rope and bucket. Fuel was taken on by hoisting a hose from a fuel truck up to the aircraft, filling an auxiliary belly tank installed for the flight, pumping that fuel into the aircraft’s regular tanks and then filling the belly tank again. The drivers steered while a second person matched speeds with the aircraft with his foot on the vehicle’s accelerator pedal.
- Crew: one
- Capacity: three passengers
- Length: 27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
- Height: 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)
- Empty weight: 767 kg
- Gross weight: 1,111 kg
- Fuel capacity: 212 litres (56 US gallons)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360-L2A four cylinder, horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed metal
- Cruise speed: 115 kts (226 km/h)
- Stall speed: 47 kts (87 km/h) (power off, flaps down)
- Never exceed speed: 163 kts (302 km/h)
- Range: 696 nm (1,289 km) with 45 minute reserve, 55% Power, at 10,000 ft
- Rate of climb: 721 ft/min (3.66 m/s)
*This information is provided as a guide only and not intended to replace the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH). The Pilot in Command should cross check the POH of the aircraft they intend to use prior to flight.