Tuesday, December 16, 2008
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 4. Gross wt. 2,450. Empty wt. 1,380. Engine 145-hp Warner Scarab radial.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 162. Cruise mph 150. Stall mph 50. Initial climb rate 1,000. Range 472. Ceiling 18,000.
Clyde Cessna first entered the light plane market on his own in 1927. Between the years of 1928 and 1930 he produced a series of airplanes that were remarkably clean and efficient. The final manifestation of this series was the Cessna AW, a four-seat cabin monoplane utilizing the 125-hp Warner Scarab engine followed by the BW. The Depression caught up with Cessna in 1930, forcing the factory to suspend production; however, in 1933, Cessna was back in business again, this time with a much improved version of the AW, featuring an improved landing gear and a 145-hp engine. This first model, designated the C-34, was possibly the most efficient airplane in its class, and nearly 100 were built. The C-145 Airmaster is basically a modified C-34 featuring revised flaps and a wider gear. In 1932, the Airmaster was made available with the 165-hp Super Scarab, and the line continued in production until 1942.