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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark 01:50 how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark 02:22), the US Women’s Aerobatics Champion, and Don Pittman (mark 02:28), the men’s champion, who are shown chatting as the narrator explains the premise behind aerobatics (including the idea that “it’s just plain fun”). In flight at mark 04:00, Pittman demonstrates various rolls and maneuvers, while back on the ground Atkins explains how a Cessna is a perfect plane for a pro or an average pilot (mark 07:52). A Cessna executive discusses an aircraft’s design and structural features with the pilots (and by proxy the audience) starting at mark 08:24 before Pittman is shown in flight once again (mark 11:11), treating the viewers to additional aerobatic moves before the film comes to a close.
The Cessna 152 is an American two-seat, fixed tricycle gear, general aviation airplane, used primarily for flight training and personal use. It was based on the earlier Cessna 150, including a number of minor design changes and a slightly more powerful engine running on 100LL aviation gasoline.
First delivered in 1977 as the 1978 model year, the 152 was a modernization of the proven Cessna 150 design. The 152 was intended to compete with the new Beechcraft Skipper and Piper Tomahawk, both of which were introduced the same year.[1] Additional design goals were to improve useful load through a gross weight increase to 1670 lbs (757 kg), decrease internal and external noise levels and run better on the then newly introduced 100LL fuel.
As with the 150, the great majority of 152s were built at the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kansas. A number of aircraft were also built by Reims Aviation of France and given the designation F152/FA152.
Production of the 152 was ended in 1985 when Cessna ended production of all of their light aircraft; by that time, a total of 7,584 examples of the 152, including A152 and FA152 Aerobat aerobatic variants, had been built worldwide.
The Cessna 150 and 152 became the most popular civilian training aircraft after World War II, as well as economical recreational vehicles for weekend pilots. The series still serves as the principal two-seat, general aviation trainer in the United States. The A152 Aerobat, with greater structural strength to withstand up to +6g and -3g forces, appeals to those looking for a little more basic aerobatic and spin capability.
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  • Did you know in later models the doors were removable in flight in case you had to bail out. When I did acrobatic training we had to wear a parachute if the plane did not have a ‘hot’ ejection seat like the new T-6II. Not sitting centerline and having a “wheel” instead of a stick would feel strange.

    Philip NoahPhilip NoahСарын өмнө
  • The 150 is in my opinion one of the most beautiful aircraft ever. And Iconic too. Love it

    Yavor KaloyanovYavor Kaloyanov2 сарын өмнө
  • 2:32 together, they fight crime!! also when I saw the glass of water I was like "please tell me he's gonna drift the plane without spilling the water"

    Panda-s1Panda-s13 сарын өмнө
  • That’s my dad!! 😃 I remember when he did this film. My dad is still alive but in poor health. I miss all the many hours of flying with him and doing aerobatics with him. He is and always will be my mentor and hero. What a great pilot!!

    Steven PittmanSteven Pittman5 сарын өмнө
    • How cool is that, see you dad doing aerobatic manoeuvres back in the '60's on tape!

      Tango MikeTango MikeСарын өмнө
  • 1:18, looked like homegirl was driving a car. =)

    pR1malpR1mal7 сарын өмнө
  • I remember Don Pitman. He stored his Pitts Special in my dads hangar while in our area doing airshows for a few days. I was ten at the time and got to sit in Dons airplane. It ruined me, 13 years later I built my own Pitts.

    Kevin 747Kevin 7478 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks. I have flown a lot of planes, and the 150 is a great little plane.

    TGraysChannelsTGraysChannels11 сарын өмнө
  • This is so freakin cool

    james staffordjames staffordЖилийн өмнө
  • They just don't make toys like they used to...

    1donagin1donaginЖилийн өмнө
  • I remember training in a standard 150, and on my first power on stall, when it quit flying, the left wing dropped, and the plane flipped over, and I was looking up at the ground spinning above me.. I removed the power, pushed forward on the yoke, neutralized the spin with right rudder, and promptly pulled out of the spin with an easy recovery. My instructor asked if I was okay, and my response was: "can we do that again?" He said we should try not to in a standard 150. You need an Aerobat if you want to fly like that.

    goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
    • Normal 150's and 152;s are approved for spins all day long!!!!!!

      ScotabotScotabot8 сарын өмнө
  • Ah, life before trial lawyers and professional victim hood, where people wanted to do things and they did them, for better or for worse, and lived with the consequences. And America was proud, and birthed a recreational, civilian aviation industry from the heart of its broad middle class.

    waynecowaynecoЖилийн өмнө
    • "where people wanted to do things and they did them, for better or for worse, and lived with the consequences." like being held accountable for putting a faulty plane to market :^)

      Panda-s1Panda-s13 сарын өмнө
    • The decline of the general aviation market is a perfect example of how much the middle class has shrunk

      YespacitoYespacito4 сарын өмнө
    • Yes but,......it was a design flaw,....Clearly not my fault for trying to fly under the power lines.

      Ion HunterIon Hunter9 сарын өмнө
    • Agreed, and well said Sir!

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
  • This plane should be in the sport pilot catagory

    Daniel AdamczykDaniel AdamczykЖилийн өмнө
  • Oh you bet! ive done some time in the 150 Aerobat. quite agile.

    James JohnsonJames JohnsonЖилийн өмнө
  • Reminds me of tv shows when I was a kid in the 70's miss those days

    blastman8888blastman8888Жилийн өмнө
  • Glass fell at 5:45

    Aleksandar GalesAleksandar GalesЖилийн өмнө
    • I mean, I'd be _very_ impressed if he could hold the plane sideways without spilling the water lol

      Panda-s1Panda-s13 сарын өмнө
  • I learned how to fly in the 152. At that time it cost me $12.50 an hour, that included gas.

    Bob CzzBob CzzЖилийн өмнө
    • @Okarya If he's right about it being a 152 and not a 150, it was probably about 1977, the year the 152 was introduced. I was paying $10 p/h for 150s in 1972. That's when I got my PPL. They were good old days.

      Philip MartinPhilip Martin5 сарын өмнө
    • I learned to fly in a C150. I wish it was the Aerobat version. I want one of these now!!

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
    • That was a while ago!

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
    • Me too. A 152 at Montgomery Field in San Diego back in ‘91. Good times.

      SMaze17SMaze17Жилийн өмнө
    • I'm sure with inflation that's still better than these days, but you gotta say when so curious people like myself can throw the numbers into a calculator lol. certainly sounds better when put like that, though

      OkaryaOkaryaЖилийн өмнө
  • I usually do aerobatics with a couple of glasses of bourbon on the dash......

    Bob MarshallBob Marshall2 жилийн өмнө
  • Excellent. Thank you for posting

    William HaleyWilliam Haley2 жилийн өмнө
  • Well, it does seem a little silly (in the 21st Century) for Cessna (or its ad agency) to have had Mary wearing a pair of high heels as she exited the aircraft. One would have thought that she would have been wearing sneakers or flats to have had the best feel of the rudder pedals during her maneuvers, but I guess the idea was to highlight the point that an “attractive girl pilot” (to use 60s terminology) could make the Aerobat perform like that-even while wearing a skirt and heels. If Marlo Thomas as “That Girl” could have flown aerobatics, Cessna might have wanted to use her.

    Mikey300Mikey3002 жилийн өмнө
  • I flew my first solo flight in a Cessna 150 back in 1971 when I was 17 years old. Thanks for posting this video. Loved it!

    David ClayDavid Clay2 жилийн өмнө
  • "... a number of minor design changes ..."??

    Bernie McCannBernie McCann2 жилийн өмнө
  • This C-150 Aerobat is part of the collection at the National Air & Space Museum. The well respected Bill Kershner owned this aircraft for purpose of teaching aerobatics. The tail number N1903F has been deregistered.

    Secret SquirrelSecret Squirrel2 жилийн өмнө
    • Bill owned two 152 Aerobat's. One named Orville, and the other Wilbur. One us still used today for training at the same airport he used to train at. The business is owned by one of his former female students. She does all the instruction as well.

      ScotabotScotabot8 сарын өмнө
  • Great video but get rid of the stupid ridiculous counter in the video. Ruins it.

    Jason DayJason Day2 жилийн өмнө
    • @PeriscopeFilm Don't worry about the counter, as it's perfectly fine. Most of us realize the importance of the job your doing saving history. We could care less about the timer, as we are far more interested in the content, and have great appreciation for the people who FREELY post this for us. Don't even think twice about what some inconsiderate, consequential fruit cake thinks! Thanks so much guys!!!!!!

      ScotabotScotabotЖилийн өмнө
    • Here's the issue: Tens of thousands of films like this one were destroyed and many others are at risk. Our company preserves these precious bits of history one film at a time. How do we afford to do that? By selling them as stock footage to documentary filmmakers and broadcasters. If we did not have a counter, we could not afford to post films like this on online, and no films would be preserved. It's that simple. So we ask you to bear with the watermark and timecodes. So, in the past we tried many different systems including placing our timer at the bottom corner of our videos. What happened? Unscrupulous MNthe users downloaded our vids, blew them up so the timer was not visible, and re-posted them as their own content. We had to use content control to have the videos removed and shut down these channels. It's hard enough work preserving these films and posting them, without having to deal with these kind of issues.

      PeriscopeFilmPeriscopeFilm2 жилийн өмнө
  • 2:25 why is there a separate men’s and women’s aerobatic division champs?

    Joe SmithJoe Smith2 жилийн өмнө
    • Not anymore. For example, Patty Wagstaff was a 3-time national aerobatic competition and most if not all of her competitors were men.

      Tyler WestTyler West4 сарын өмнө
    • Because men and women are completely different in every way!!!!!!!

      ScotabotScotabot8 сарын өмнө
    • @Joe Smith ditto here. CFI and 150 owner

      Todd BevinsTodd Bevins2 жилийн өмнө
    • Todd Bevins I’m a pilot by the way, and fly the same platform as in this vid.

      Joe SmithJoe Smith2 жилийн өмнө
    • You might not think acrobatics as a physical sport but it is. That being said you will find both sexes matched as it relates to ability but I am sure the division is in case someone felt one sex did have the advantage.

      Todd BevinsTodd Bevins2 жилийн өмнө
  • Very cool

    Andy SmittyAndy Smitty3 жилийн өмнө
  • many fond memories of the Cessna fleet. Once as a student pilot(a-long-time ago), I executed a good short field landing at BED (Hanscom) in a C150. The very short landing roll ended just past abeam the first taxiway at the end of the runway. Feeling very pleased with myself, I Looked up to see 3 jet (business jet types) who had been 'holding short' for me to land. The tower's instruction to "Expedite taxi to the next turn off" was delivered with a bit of emphasis, and I recall taxi-ing to the turn-off with some air speed indicated. Still felt pretty good about the landing, even though those jets probably burned my aircrafts weight in fuel waiting for me to land and clear the active!

    Old School CFIOld School CFI3 жилийн өмнө
  • I love these vintage aviation films, kit really takes me back to 1979 when I began flying out of Brackett Field in La Verne and Cable Airport, California.

    Michael HigginsMichael Higgins3 жилийн өмнө
    • Takes us back to a time when flying could be feasible for a majority of Americans. Now things have certainly changed....

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
  • ماشاء اللہ اللہ پاک اپنی حفاظت میں رکھے آمین یا رب العالمین

    Riaz FaridRiaz Farid3 жилийн өмнө
  • I have read all the comments about Mary and Don. While some of you claim to be high time pilots. I wonder if you have ever flown a plane in all three dimensions. I have flown all the routines shown in the video for hours.It may be you are all either envious or jealous of Mary's and Dons ability and piloting skill.Doug

    Edna LORENZENEdna LORENZEN3 жилийн өмнө
    • Unfortunately Edna, one must become accustomed to the armchair/keyboard warriors, if one is going to read the comment section of videos. Sad fact indeed, and one that took me awhile to accept. Best thing to do if you realize it's going to be that type of comment, is either try and educate that person or move on to next comment. Hope that helps. Happy/Safe Flying. PPL holder since April/2001. (Trained in 1964 Cessna 150/N4364U and 1958 Cessna 172/N8650B. Owned the beautiful straight tail 1964 Cessna 150/64U).

  • I owned and flew a Cessna 150 Aerobat for seven years, it is a great airplane to fly, best at sea level. The short landing is made very simply by using full flaps and bring it down to 60 mph on final. The Aerobat has 45 degrees of flap, however student pilots got into trouble with this so the 152 has only 40 degrees of flap, and 70 mph is your best speed on final. Doug

    Edna LORENZENEdna LORENZEN3 жилийн өмнө
    • Edna, you are a little confused. 150 only ever had 40 degrees max. 152 had 30 degrees max.Depending on the wind, I always flew final at 55 to 60.

      ScotabotScotabotЖилийн өмнө
    • Edna LORENZEN 152 is limited to 30 degrees of flaps

      Whoa NellyWhoa NellyЖилийн өмнө
  • What is the technique for landing with such extreme short roll-out, shown at 7:00? I see full flaps, of course, but does he drag it in with power or not?

    Wolfgang HokenmaierWolfgang Hokenmaier3 жилийн өмнө
    • He also had a nice little head wind, look at the sock!

      ScotabotScotabot8 сарын өмнө
    • @Joseph Glenn Shaker? You flying a Boeing or an Airbus maybe? Charlie Echo 150= Stall warning horn most likely

      dennis rantanendennis rantanenЖилийн өмнө
    • It's been a lot of years so I don't remember all of the details, but.... My instructor in 1969 was a former military pilot. He performed a landing one day with a roll-out of a very few feet. I know the flaps were fully extended and the shaker was making a heck of a racket as we touched down softly. We basically landed in a stall with almost no forward motion.

      Joseph GlennJoseph GlennЖилийн өмнө
    • @Edna LORENZEN I have done the same.👍

    • Full flaps (45 degrees)and 60 mph on final, throttle to suit. I have flown my Aerobat straight and level at altitude at 45 indicated. Doug

      Edna LORENZENEdna LORENZEN3 жилийн өмнө
  • How is it that this film is from the 60s when the Aerobat didn't debut until 1970? The reason I ask is because I have a 1966 F model with the identical paint scheme and other resemblances to an Aerobat. My 150 (N8852G) is listed as a Commuter model in the logs. Now is it possible Cessna built a what is now "Aerobat airframe changes" in earlier models (1966?) but didn't officially change it's name to Aerobat until the 1970 K model? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Michael Amis 727-667-2245 call or text

    Michael AmisMichael Amis3 жилийн өмнө
    • No, there are no 66 model 150's with the beefed up aerobat structure. This was filmed in the very late 60's. There are no "secret" aerobats with commuter markings that are pre 1970 A150k's. The only resemblances a 66 F model might have is the paint, and it sure isn't factory Cessna paint! Why someone would put a Aerobat scheme on a 66 model is beyond me! Kind of silly really!

      ScotabotScotabotЖилийн өмнө
  • what is the intro song, I must know 😂😂.

    CessnaFlyerVTCessnaFlyerVT3 жилийн өмнө
    • @GcoEnterprises It sounds more like an underwater scene from Adventures In Paradise, or, Flipper, two 1960s tv shows.

      Secret SquirrelSecret Squirrel2 жилийн өмнө
    • it sounds almost like a Elmer Bernstein or Laurence Rosenthaal composition. They were quite prolific back on those days for movies and tv shows. Elmer was the guy that did the orchestral soundtrack to 1981 version of Heavy Metal Cartoon, and Laurence did the soundtrack to Logan's Run Tv Series as well as Clash of the Titans the film from the early 1980's

      GcoEnterprisesGcoEnterprises3 жилийн өмнө
  • Good introductory film to basic aerobatic flight.Pretty little 150 too! These small planes are a blast to perform aerobatics in.

    triskelliantriskellian3 жилийн өмнө
    • Can confirm, 2000 rpm snap rolls never get old.

      Richard TuckerRichard Tucker3 жилийн өмнө
  • Please fix the video title to say Cessna 150 Aerobat. The 152 didn't roll out until 1977.

    n122vun122vu3 жилийн өмнө
    • The only difference between 150 and 152 Aerobats, is the same for all 150/152. The only difference is the Continental 100 hp, and the Lycoming of 108hp. 40 degrees of flap vs 30 on the 152. Personally, I liked the 40 degrees of flap but too many tried going around with full flaps and there was really not enough power to overcome the drag! That is the primary reason they limited flap travel on the 152. My harness came undone while performing a 4 point roll, and I put my head through the skylight!

      ConvairDart106ConvairDart1063 жилийн өмнө
    • Done thanks.

      PeriscopeFilmPeriscopeFilm3 жилийн өмнө
  • I did lessons in a 152 aerobat. And Mary is still alive and going strong in 2017 lol

    KushkushKushkush3 жилийн өмнө
    • Still have the helmet hair, and stand up titties?

      Phil HarmonicPhil Harmonic3 жилийн өмнө
  • Mary's hair doubles as a flight helmet..

    f4cphantom2f4cphantom24 жилийн өмнө
    • She should have had a sunroof put in the plane and she could have had a hairdo like Marj Simpson...

      Bob MarshallBob Marshall2 жилийн өмнө
    • Reminds me of the Billy Jean King era.

      Tom RisarTom Risar3 жилийн өмнө
    • LMAO

      PeriscopeFilmPeriscopeFilm4 жилийн өмнө
  • i soloed in a T41A given a civilian paint job and still didnt do all that stuff.

    Edward ArrudaEdward Arruda4 жилийн өмнө
  • I bought a Cessna 404 in '78. Biggest piece of under powered crap ever made with the possible exception of the Cessna Cardinal.....another death dealer. Cessna built great planes like the 180 series, the Ag Truck etc but they did kill a lot of people too by underpowering their aircraft.

    Bill CallahanBill Callahan4 жилийн өмнө
    • I think the Cardinal is an excellent flying aircraft. very roomy, sleek-looking , but indeed, it does have to have the right power plant/HP.

  • My dad had a 180. His friend had a 172 Skyline. My dad didn't really approve of his friends flying because he cruised his 172 at around 80% power. Dad kept it down a bit and got better mileage. He always said, what's the rush? :-)

    tom7601tom76014 жилийн өмнө
  • I feel cheated, having trained in a regular 152. That's an awesome little plane!

    My Future HistoryMy Future History4 жилийн өмнө
    • Here to hear the utility category will do most of this stuff just fine. The ones I trained in did.

      Jeff ShultzJeff Shultz2 жилийн өмнө
  • Bill should have mentioned the doors have been modified to be jettisonable for aerobatic operation - not that you're getting out. The forward hinge can be pulled from the cabin to get the doors off.

    bioriderfcbioriderfc4 жилийн өмнө
    • I wonder if there is a special parachute you could get for this plane? One to actually wear while you are flying...???

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
  • Intro has a loop with two snap rolls on the way up - and just falling over the top. Next clip is a loop with a snap roll at the top. At the 7 minute mark, the landing is at the approach edge of the runway and stopping in about 200'.

    bioriderfcbioriderfc4 жилийн өмнө
    • That was some real flying, and a perfect landing!!

      goneflying140goneflying140Жилийн өмнө
  • 4:23 .... that is amazing.

    Buelligan88Buelligan884 жилийн өмнө
    • Buelligan88 I mean, video editing didn’t exist in these times but to me that is set up

      dalecannotuploadanymorebyedalecannotuploadanymorebye2 жилийн өмнө
  • Bill has been caught once again over at the Hansen farm with their sheep. They have a restraining order to stay away from Bertha which appears to be his favorite goat. I have no idea how Bill gets his tracking collar off and sneaks past the Hansen's security fence.

    Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
  • Title should be Cessna C150 Aerobat. Says so on the tail!

    fly bobbiefly bobbie4 жилийн өмнө
  • Look at Mary...she can suck a tennis ball through a garden hose..that will be featured in the next episode. She likes to beat the shit out of that airplane and she beats the crap out of Don too when the lights are turned off. She has Don wrapped around her finger. Bill loves farm animals but that is just to disgusting to discuss here.

    Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • "Mary isn't shy about suck starting a Harley if need be, either".

      Lulubelle PittsLulubelle Pitts3 жилийн өмнө
    • Remember google is your friend. So doing just a cursory research I've found a report that Mary went far beyond the "Mile High Club". It seems she made it into the famed "Strato Club". This is far more prestigious. To make it into the Stratosphere Club an individual must have over 400 "hard over" experiences while actually flying in the stratosphere... which is above the troposphere...that's way, way up there indeed. Mary has had to get Mr Johnson in the vertical mode while residing somewhere around 40,000 feet or more above terraferma

      Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • I heard the strange story of the "hard over" event normally associated with the rudder going "full deflection" to one side or the other. During a flight test of this aircraft Mary thought that Don wanted a "hard over" type event more in kin with the "mile high club" than an aircraft maneuver. Needless to say Mary got her way with him an nearly broke his "stem" off while yanking the damn thing over to one side. His scream could be heard from 5 miles in the air. They joined the famed "mile high club" that eventful day.

      Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • In a strange twist of logic, Don feels less safe every time he puts the belt on whilst Mary feels empowered.. Don thinks his safe word 'harder' was a poor choice.

      Nick BreenNick Breen4 жилийн өмнө
    • Mary is particularly fond to do it to Don while he has his seat belt fastened

      Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
  • What? Don just jumped right in and started her up with no preflight? Don, say it isn't so!

    Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • @Mikey300 Ha, I gave a ride to a hitchhiking pilot. After my preflight he did his own inspection. I said his inspection was nothing less than an annual. When I was a student pilot my CFI annoyed me for always checking the fuel after having seen that I had checked but after I was already buckled into the aircraft. I would have to unbuckle to get out to check to be sure he secured the fuel caps. I don't trust other pilots with my safety. Likewise, him too.

      Secret SquirrelSecret Squirrel2 жилийн өмнө
    • Mary definately is a minx and is capable of accomplishing many feats wearing "high heels" that ordinary women are incapable of...she is a major "turn on" on the ramp as she struts her stuff out to the flight line. You get her in the cockpit and all hell breaks loose.

      Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • Master Warning I bet that Mary's most impressive skill may be her ability to use the heel brakes in a Cub while wearing those high heels. No margin for error.

      Mikey300Mikey3004 жилийн өмнө
    • Mary has a long history wearing "high heels"...wears them everyday & everywhere. She has been spotted in the centerfold section of a very special magazine and also has been seen downtown in an establishment that has allot of poles installed on a stage. I have heard it is quite a show and men have been known to get very heated and excited during her performances. Mary is very flexible and a versatile women I guess.

      Master WarningMaster Warning4 жилийн өмнө
    • Master Warning I'm joking too (remember the old line about the pilot always being first to the scene of his own crash?). What makes me really curious is: how does Mary work the rudder for aerobatics in those high heels??

      Mikey300Mikey3004 жилийн өмнө
  • Oh good God I remember this film or at least parts of it from when I was a kid.

    Mark FrenchMark French4 жилийн өмнө