CESSNA 150 / 152 AEROBAT 1960s AIRCRAFT AEROBATICS PROMOTIONAL FILM 53264
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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. 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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