The Cessna Model 160
was an American
single-engine, four-seater, high wing, strut-braced, prototype monoplane
designed in 1962 by Cessna
Development beyond the prototype stage was not pursued and only one example was constructed.
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 USD$
8,450, which would have been just USD$955 more than the 1962 model two-place Cessna 150B
and far below the cost of the 1962 model Cessna 172C
, which was USD$9895.
The prototype aircraft was registered as N5419E and first flew in 1962, powered by a Franklin
engine of . The intention was to use a Continental O-300
engine for the production model.Phillips, Edward H: Wings of Cessna, Model 120 to the Citation III
, Flying Books, 1986. ISBN 0-911139-05-2
The aircraft was subjected to a flight test
program in 1962 and 1963. The Franklin engine gave the aircraft a top speed of , while the proposed O-300 powered version was... Read More