See vintage Cessna propeller planes from the ’50s, ’60s & ’70s

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Vintage Cessna propeller planes

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Check out some of the vintage Cessna propeller planes you could buy back in the fifties, sixties and seventies.

These small airplanes were most often used for business travel, but were also a favorite of both celebrities and hobbyists.

Now own a Cessna for just $2850 down (1959)

Learn to fly free while making sales calls in your new Cessna Inter-City Commuter

Cover more of your sales territory faster than ever before … simply by “driving” 121 straight-line miles per hour in an economical new Inter-City Commuter — yours for just $2,850 down! (Full price: $8,545 f.a.f. Wichita.) Lowest priced is the standard 150, $6,995 f.a.f. Wichita.

Why do we say “drive”? A new Cessna makes flying almost as easy as driving — as your flight instructor will show you while you snake your business trips. (He’s provided free by your Cessna dealer with the purchase of any new Cessna.)

He’ll show you how Land-O-Matic makes landing almost as easy as driving downhill … and how the huge Para-Lift flaps can float you down twice as slowly as a parachute!

Economy? The Inter-City Commuter costs less to operate than most current autos: 66 per mile — including fuel, maintenance, storage, insurance, and depreciation. (Based on approx. 59,000 miles per year. If you fly more, it costs even less per mile!)

Plus — the all-metal, 2-place Inter-City Commuter is “package-priced” to give you the advantages of far more expensive airplanes. You get communication and navigational radio equipment … a full complement of flight-ease instruments … horizon and directional gyros … landing lights … and rotating fin-mounted beacon to assure you ’round-the-clock, cross-country flying.

The roomy, executive-styled cabin lets you relax comfortably while the big 100-h.p. engine flies you up to 520 nonstop miles at speeds up to 124 m.p.h. And the spacious luggage compartment carries 80 lbs. baggage.

For a demonstration ride, call your Cessna dealer now (Yellow Pages of phone book). Look at all seven great new Cessnas.

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1950s Cessna propeller airplanes (1959)


The full capability line of Cessna “can do” twins (1965)

(Planes shown: The Skyknight, the 411, the Super Skymaster, The T-37 jet, 310J)

The full capability line of Cessna can do twins (1965)


The 411: New Cessna “can do” twin (1966)

Check out the new Cessna 411: It has set an all-time first year sales record for aircraft in the six- to eight-place class! 

Before investing in any six- to eight-place twin, be sure you check out the new Cessna 411. You’ll find an affirmative answer to your most demanding transportation needs.

This great airplane offers unusual performance, comfort, and efficiency at a surprisingly low price.

Check out the great feeling of Turbo-System power. Built around 340-hp engines specially designed for turbo-charging, and with complementary components such as three-bladed props and dynafocal mountings, the exclusive Cessna Turbo-System delivers an outstanding combination of smoothness, quietness, capability, and operating economy.

Check out the satisfaction of un-cluttered instrumentation. The 411 has a complete professional panel with ample space for any instrumentation.

Cessna-Crafted IFR communications, navigation, autopilot equipment; also weather radar and many other accessories you might desire can be ordered and mounted with panel room to spare. 

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Check out the luxury of the new shape of the big cabin. Interior is almost five feet wide, allowing a wide aisle between the spacious seats, and customized from more than 50 options in seating arrangements and color selection; vanity, refreshment bar, and toilet can be installed. Floor is completely flat.

Sound level is exceptional — quiet as a modern jet airliner. The pilot’s compartment, which can be partitioned off, has nearly the same width as the cabin. Bulky material can be loaded through an optional 40″ x 45″ double door. This money-saving flexibility to load a box that is 38″ x 42″ x 44″ quickly and easily is exclusive with the 411.

Check out the reasonable price. Com-pare the purchase price and operating economies against whatever you might be considering, and you’ll see why the Cessna 411 is today’s best value in business twins. In designing this new airplane, all of the latest techniques, materials and methods were used to assure low maintenance and operating cost.

Your Cessna dealer can put one of these 268-mph beauties at a local airport for your thorough evaluation. Discover “Can Do” pleasure in the Cessna twin for you.

1960s Cessna Twin prop plane (1966)


Vintage 1967 Cessna 421 plane interior views

Here’s all the travel comfort of a business jet at one-third the cost

Fly the new Cessna 421 pressurized twin… remarkably quiet, smooth and comfortable.

This airplane was designed for the corporate officer and his management team. It’s quiet. Dictation quiet. That means you can hear yourself think. 

Compare the 421 with anything except a sailboat, and you’ll be impressed with its almost totally silent performance. And, it is smooth. Virtually free of vibration.

Vintage 1967 Cessna 421 plane interior views (2)

Personal comfort options include beverage bar, stereo, fold-out tables and enclosed toilet.

Turbo•System power takes you to 20,000 feet in 15 minutes for greater comfort and speed.

WIDE-OVAL COMFORT CONCEPT. The pressurized cabin of the 421 is wider than it is high. This extra cabin width — a Cessna exclusive — allows far more comfortable seating. Bigger reclining chairs, more elbow and stretch-out room. A wide aisle. People spend about 98.9% of the travel time in their seats. 

Vintage 1967 Cessna 421 plane interior views (1)


Vintage Cessna Chancellor plane (1977)

We read you loud ‘n clear. The Chancellor. Much more than a new name.

Anybody who’s ever owned a Cessna 414 will tell you what a tremendous value this airplane has always been. Cabin class comfort at very near light-twin economy has made the 414 the ideal airplane for many companies looking to solve their transportation needs.

But the pressure on business to expand has brought increasing demands. The need to take more people along, to haul more equipment, to fly farther than ever before in search of new and greater opportunities, necessarily causes companies to reexamine their transportation options.

The all-new Cessna Chancellor is up to that challenge. The Chancellor is really a totally new plane, from the tip of its new longer nose to the top of its new higher tail.

Its wings are five feet longer than before and are minus the “tip tanks” that characterized prior models. This airplane climbs faster, flies farther, and has more useful load. It holds more fuel and baggage, and it will accommodate an additional passenger.

Its new hydraulic gear retracts in just five seconds, and its new pressurization system provides a very comfortable 8,500-foot cabin at 24,000 feet.

The Chancellor provides greater visibility from the cockpit, has a lower stall speed, uses less runway in takeoff and utilizes a simpler fuel management system than did its predecessor.

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Vintage Cessna Chancellor plane (1977)

Vintage Cessna Chancellor aircraft (1977)


Cessna TakeOff flight school (1977)

Cessna TakeOff flight school (1977)


1977 Cessna II propeller plane

Get a high-performance Cessna II with Nav-Pac and get our IFR instruction

Here’s your chance to open up a new world of flying. Where “no-go” situations become situations. Where traffic is in constant touch, with controllers. Where you fly more efficiently and effectively.

Buy a 1977 Skylane II, Cardinal RG Stationair II or Centurion II equipped with 44 Nav-Pac… and we’ll give you the instrument instruction to go with it at no charge.

Imagine. You not only get the package savings of factory-installed Cessna Avionics, you also get the instrument instructor’s time free. And you learn in your own airplane so you don’t have to make a transition later on.

The Cessna Nav-Pac features Dual Nav/Coms with remote VOR/ILS indicator, plus a 400 Glide Slope and 400 Marker Beacon. All TSO’d. And it’s all added to your Cessna II which already has a lot of standard equipment including TSO’d 300 Transponder and TSO’d 200A Autopilot with VOR/LOC track and intercept functions.

See your participating Cessna Dealer now, and he’ll teach you and your new airplane how to make the most out of the sky.

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Vintage Cessna II propeller airplane (1977)


Presenting the world’s most exclusive airplane, the 1978 Pressurized Cessna Centurion.

For the first time ever, the benefits of pressurization and the economies of single-engine operation have been combined in one remarkable,airplane … and its only available from Cessna.

The Pressurized Centurion. With a single engine, it flies at 23,000 feet while maintaining a 12,000-foot cabin. At 20,000 feet it flies 938 statute miles at 226 miles per hour carrying over 1,670 pounds — yet at an amazingly efficient 77-seat-miles per gallon! The highest efficiency rating of any pressurized airplane being built — or ever built!

Twins, turboprops, anything … this new Centurion is the most efficient high altitude airplane ever designed! The superlatives roll on, whether you compare it to other single-engine aircraft or to light twin aircraft — the Pressurized Centurion is quite simply an airplane without equal.

In fact, so incredible is the Pressurized Centurion’s performance that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the airplane was designed to increase efficiency rather than just for the sheer wonder of it.

The Pressurized Centurion. The highest high performance.

1978 Pressurized Cessna Centurion plane


1975 Cessna Commuter II

1975 Cessna Commuter II


Cessna 1975 Cardinal II aircraft

Cessna 1975 Cardinal II aircraft


Vintage 1975 Cessna Skyhawk II airplane

Vintage 1975 Cessna Skyhawk II airplane


1975 Cessna 150 commuter plane

1975 Cessna 150 commuter plane

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