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Golden Age of Flight

Cessna AW

Built of chrome-molybdenum with an all-wood, full-cantilever wing covered in fabric originally sold for $7,115.00.    

The popularity of the AW model with its reliable Warner Scarab engine had the factory running at full speed two planes a week.  Production shot to a total of 50 planes by 1929.  

This model also won the grueling 1928 transcontinental air derby.  

The Spar is noted by Cessna to be a convenient headrest for the pilot. 

In 1926 Dept. of Commerce began to license airmen and mechanics and was responsible for assigning an ATC number (approved type certificate) for all manufactured engines and aircraft prior to sale.

The Bureau of Aeronautics Division began to certify 284 types of aircraft currently being built in the United State.  The AW Cessna received ATC #72.

MFG: Cessna Aircraft Co.

First Produced: 1928

Powerplant: Warner Scarab

Horsepower: 110-120

Prop: Std Steel Prop Co.

Service Ceiling: 12,000 ft.

Cruise: 110 mph

Top Speed: 128 mph

Range: 630 miles

Empty Weight: 1,225 lbs

Gross Weight: 2,260 lbs


Wing Span: 40’2”

Wing Area: 224 sq. ft.

Length: 24’8”

Height: 6’11”

Armament: None

Number Built: 50


Yanks acquired this AW in January of 1989.