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The Hardest Cessna 172 Quiz You'll Ever Take

You may know how to fly the Cessna 172, but do you really know the Cessna 172? It's time to find out.


  1. 1) What year was the first Cessna 172 delivered?
    Gord McKenna

    The 172 was introduced in 1956. It was equipped with a Continental O-300 145 hp (108 kW) six-cylinder, air-cooled engine and had a maximum gross weight of 2,200 lb (998 kg). Introductory base price was US $8,995 and a total of 4,195 were constructed over five years.

    The 172 was introduced in 1956. It was equipped with a Continental O-300 145 hp (108 kW) six-cylinder, air-cooled engine and had a maximum gross weight of 2,200 lb (998 kg). Introductory base price was US $8,995 and a total of 4,195 were constructed over five years.

    1. 1-1954
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    2. 1-1955
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    2. 1-1958
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    3. 1-1959
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  2. 2) What Cessna aircraft was the 172's design based on?
    stem-2 Ahunt

    That's right, the Cessna 172 started life as a tricycle landing gear variant of the taildragger Cessna 170, with a basic level of standard equipment.

    That's right, the Cessna 172 started life as a tricycle landing gear variant of the taildragger Cessna 170, with a basic level of standard equipment.

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  3. 3) In the 1960's Cessna added 'Omni-Vision' to the 172. What was it?
    stem-3 FlugKerl2

    Look at that. In the mid-1960s, Cessna lowered the rear deck and added an aft window. Cessna advertised this added rear visibility as "Omni-Vision."

    Look at that. In the mid-1960s, Cessna lowered the rear deck and added an aft window. Cessna advertised this added rear visibility as "Omni-Vision."

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  4. 4) The 172 holds the world's flight endurance record. How many days did it stay aloft?
    stem-4 Howcheng

    Get this - on December 4, 1958, Robert Timm and John Cook took off from McCarran Airfield in Las Vegas, NV 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. 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.

    Get this - on December 4, 1958, Robert Timm and John Cook took off from McCarran Airfield in Las Vegas, NV 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. 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.

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  5. 5) What 172 model replaced fuses with circuit breakers?
    stem-5 Arpingstone

    In 1964, the 172E replaced electrical fuses with circuit breakers. Gross weight increased to 2,300 lb (1,043 kg), where it would stay until the 172P. The 172E also featured a redesigned instrument panel. In total, 1,401 172Es were built that year as production continued to increase.

    In 1964, the 172E replaced electrical fuses with circuit breakers. Gross weight increased to 2,300 lb (1,043 kg), where it would stay until the 172P. The 172E also featured a redesigned instrument panel. In total, 1,401 172Es were built that year as production continued to increase.

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  6. 6) What was the first year Cessna offered factory-fitted fuel injected engines on the 172?
    stem-6 MilborneOne

    The Skyhawk R was introduced in 1996 and is powered by a derated Lycoming IO-360-L2A producing a maximum of 160 horsepower (120 kW) at just 2,400 rpm. This is the first Cessna 172 to have a factory-fitted fuel-injected engine.

    The Skyhawk R was introduced in 1996 and is powered by a derated Lycoming IO-360-L2A producing a maximum of 160 horsepower (120 kW) at just 2,400 rpm. This is the first Cessna 172 to have a factory-fitted fuel-injected engine.

    1. 6-1992
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  7. 7) What country's military does NOT operate Cessna 172s?
    stem-7 Ndunruh

    Yep, France is the only country listed that does not operate Cessna 172s in their military.

    Yep, France is the only country listed that does not operate Cessna 172s in their military.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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