|Cessna Model 160|
|National origin||United States|
Projected retail US$8,450 (1962)
Cessna thought that a less expensive four-seater aircraft than the existing Cessna 172 would have good market potential. The company designed a simplified four-seat high-wing aircraft using non-tapering wings, extensive use of heavily beaded wing and fuselage skins as well as free-castering nose gear to save weight and decrease the man-hours required for construction.
The aircraft was intended to be sold for US$8,450, which would have been just US$955 more than the 1962 model two-place Cessna 150B and far below the cost of the 1962 model Cessna 172C, which was US$9895.
The prototype aircraft was registered as N5419E and first flew in 1962, powered by a Franklin engine of 125 hp (93 kW). The intention was to use a 145 hp (108 kW) Continental O-300 engine for the production model.
The aircraft was subjected to a flight test program in 1962 and 1963. The Franklin engine gave the aircraft a top speed of 134 mph (216 km/h), while the proposed O-300 powered version was forecast to have a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). A proposed military version, tentatively designated Cessna 160M and powered by a 210 hp (157 kW) Continental IO-360, would have had a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
The flight test program showed that, while the aircraft met its goals, it did not offer enough cost advantages to proceed to production, when tooling costs were accounted for. As a result, the project was abandoned.
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