Cessna was founded in 1927 by Clyde Cessna in Wichita, Kansas. The company first produced airplanes with wooden frames. These airplanes were generally used by hobbyists or flight schools. Cessna eventually switched to produce metal-bodied airplanes.
In 1934, the Cessna company began producing light aircraft for the first time. These aircraft provided an easily accessible and affordable option for civil aviation. Their first light aircraft, the Cessna C-34 “Airmaster”, was a popular model at the time and thousands of light aircraft were produced in the United States in the 1930s.
During the Second World War, Cessna produced several military aircraft for the American government. The best known of these is the Cessna T-50 Bobcat. The T-50 was used by the US Air Force as a light transport aircraft and trainer aircraft. In addition, the UC-50 Bobcat, a military version of the T-78, was used by the US Air Force, US Navy and US Army Air Force for radio navigation training. After the war, the company returned to the civil aviation sector and started producing light aircraft again.
In the 1950s, Cessna began to appeal to the masses, especially with popular models such as the Cessna 172 and Cessna 182. These aircraft became popular for air taxi companies, private pilots and training flights. Cessna produced its first private jet, the Citation, in 1969. The Citation was an airplane in the light jet class, designed as a single-pilot business jet. The Citation was designed to meet the need for a fast and economical business jet and is recognized as an aircraft series that is still in production today.
The Citation initially attracted a great deal of interest as it is a business jet suitable for the private sector and businesses. Later, the Citation began to be used for ambulance planes, air taxi services, military flights and many other applications. He continued his success story in the Cessna Citation until today.
In the 1970s, Cessna became the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, producing thousands of aircraft around the world. However, it was forced to halt production in the early 1980s due to the recession in the US economy.
In 1985, Cessna Aircraft Company was acquired by Textron Inc. and resumed aircraft production. Revitalized by this acquisition, Cessna today continues to produce light aircraft and private business jets, and the Cessna 172 remains the world’s best-selling aircraft and is recognized as one of the world’s most reliable aircraft.