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Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP

The Cessna 172 is the one airplane that people have associated with the term “small airplanes” for the past five decades because it is most successful and best selling aircraft of all time.  More than 43,000 were built since 1955. It is used extensively in flight schools because of its easy and forgiving handling characteristics. The large wing flaps provide excellent …

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Cessna 750 Citation X

Cessna Citation X N709FL

Cessna’s Citation is a brand of medium sized business jets that have been built in Wichita Kansas since 1969 and consists of six different families of aircraft models. The X and X+ family include only one model (750) referred to as Citation X. Although the Citation X looks similar to earlier models, it was a clean-sheet design with very little …

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McDonnell F3H Demon

McDonnell F-3H Demon

The McDonnell F3H Demon was a single engine subsonic carrier-based fighter jet deployed by the U.S. Navy during the 1950s. This aircraft followed the F2 Banshee in the timeline of fighter jet development and was superseded by the F-4 Phantom in the 1960s. The Navy needed a jet that could be a good challenge for the Russian MiG-15 encountered during …

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Robinson R-22

Robinson R-22 Beta N683SH

The Robinson R-22 is a two seat, twin-blade light utility helicopter. It was designed by Frank Robinson and flown for the first time in 1975. Four years later it was certified for use by the FAA and is still in production today. Several variants were produced over the years including the R-22HP (10 more horsepower), R-22 Alpha (modified landing gear …

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North American T-6 Texan

North American T-6G Texan

The North American T-6 Texan was the most popular training aircraft of the World War 2 era with over 15,000 built. The prototype was an aircraft built by North American Aviation in 1935 called the NA-16 which became a basic trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps. 275 of these were built before the designation was changed to AT-6 (Advanced …

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Beechcraft 200 King Air

Beechcraft B200 King Air

The Beechcraft King Air family of twin turboprop aircraft can be divided into four distinct models: Model 90, Model 100, Model 200, and Model 300. The King Air 200 models were originally called “Super King Air” but Beechcraft deleted the “Super” from marketing efforts in 1996. It is not uncommon today for people to use the term “Super King Air” …

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Learjet 23

Learjet 23 N802L

The Learjet 23 was the first business jet design of William P. Lear Sr. and although it had a short production run its design made the Learjet an icon of business transportation that continues to this day and laid the ground work for all future Learjets. Bill Lear was a self-taught engineer who originally worked with electronics and radios. He …

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Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar

Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar

The VC-140B was a VIP transport jet of the Unites States Air Force. The C-140 was the military version of the Lockheed Jetstar, and sixteen were built for use as transport and navigational equipment testing. Six of these aircraft added the “V” designation and were built for VIP transport with the 89th Airlift Wing. Presidents from Kennedy to Reagan and …

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Thunder Mustang

Thunder Mustang

The Thunder Mustang is a 3/4 scale, 2-seat kit-built replica of the iconic North American P-51 fighter from the World War 2 era. It looks identical in appearance to the P-51D version but thanks to a more modern engine it is the fastest kit plane built. The Thunder Mustang was designed in the early 1990s by Dan Denney, who also …

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Gulfstream G150

Gulfstream G150

The G150 is a mid-sized business jet built in Israel by IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries) for Gulfstream. Introduced in 2005, it traces its heritage all the way back to the IAI Astra business jets of the 1980s. There are a few visual cues that set the G150 apart from other Gulfstream jets and its predecessor, the Astra SPX : the …

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