Friday, December 20, 2013

Should December be Caravan Month?

The month of December is a significant month in aviation history. On December 17th, 110 years ago, the Wright Flyer became the first heavier than air powered machine to achieve controlled sustained flight at Kitty Hawk North Carolina. On the 5th day in December 1879 Clyde Cessna was born in Iowa.   

The very first Cessna Caravan flying over Wichita, Kansas

In December the first around the world flight without refueling was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager onboard "Voyager". A mostly plastic aircraft, propelled by push and pull propellers. They departed Edwards Air Force Base and after 216 hours and 24,986 miles they landed back where they began.  

For all of our Cessna C208 fans, don't forget that the first Caravan prototype, tail number N208LP (pictured below) first flew on December 9th 1982!


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