Cessna CR-1

The Cessna CR-1 was a short-lived air racer that was part of the CR series of Cessna Racers

Cessna CR-1
Role Air racer
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Clyde V. Cessna Aircraft Company
Number built 1
Unit cost
Variants Cessna CR-2

Design and development

The Cessna CR-1 was built using $1200 in winnings from the Cessna GC-1.[1]

The aircraft was a mid-wing open cockpit taildragger using a fabric covered wooden wing structure. The landing gear was manually retractable into the fuselage.[2]

Operational history

The aircraft was tested by Eldon Cessna. The one and only flight required a 100 mph launch speed, and 130 mph approach speed to keep the aircraft controllable.


After the sole test flight, the CR-1 was grounded and redesigned as the Cessna CR-2.

Specifications (Cessna CR-1)

Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 12 ft (3.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 16 ft (4.9 m)
  • Wing area: 40 sq ft (3.7 m2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Warner Scarab 422 radial, 110 hp (82 kW)

See also

Related development


  1. "The Cessna CR-1 and CR-2 Racers". Sport Aviation. April 1958.
  2. "Clyde Cessna's budget racer". Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
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