The Cessna 150 is a two-seat, tricycle gear general aviation airplane originally
designed for flight training. The 150 was offered in the Commuter basic model
and the aerobatic Aerobat model (produced in limited numbers).
Cessna 150 history
The 150, first produced in 1959, was a successor to the popular Cessna 140. Most
were powered by the Continental O-200 100 hp (75 kW) engine, but 216, produced
by Reims Aviation under Cessna license in France, had a Rolls Royce/Continental
0-240A engine of 130 hp (97 kW).
The 150 was finally succeeded by the Cessna 152 in 1978. Cessna 152s were much
more economical to operate for flight schools due to the increased TBO
(time between overhaul) of the improved Lycoming engine. Late model 150s and
152s are almost identical except for the engine.
Cessna 150s were produced from 1959-1977.
22,138 C150s were built in the US (21,404 Commuter, 734 Aerobats).
1,764 C150s were built by Reims in France (1,428 Commuter, 336 Aerobats).
47 C150s were assembled by a Reims affiliate in Argentina (38 Commuter, 9 Aerobats).
Cessna 150 facts
More pilots have flown Cessna 150/152s than any other single model of airplane.
Many 150s sell for 2 to 3 times their original sale price, even after inflation
One can buy a used Cessna 150 for about US$20,000 as of 2004.
They burn about 6 US gallons/hour (23 L/h) of fuel and
can be modified to burn auto gas, however, this is not unique to this type of aircraft.
The average annual inspection for a Cessna 150 costs around US$1,000.
A semi-aerobatic trainer version of the 150 exists. While its structure is
stronger than the standard model in a number of ways, these are not apparent
from the outside. The only obvious external sign, apart from the paint scheme,
is a quick-release mechanism for the door hinge pins.
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