Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 170

The great-granddaddy of a sizeable chunk of the world’s single-engined aircraft, the 170’s basic airframe is still being produced as the Skyhawk.

[IMGCAP(1)] It’s a good-performing, honest four-seater and also a lot of fun to fly. Like any other taildragger, though, it can bite. And though 170s still are quite affordable, prices continue to climb.

Cessna built 5,136 of the airplanes in a nine-year production run that ended over 40 years ago. But time has taken a toll on the population. Today, considerably less than half of the airplanes are still flying; and accident records show that ground loops and hard landings are continuing to thin out the 170 fleet at quite a clip.

Still, there are many who turn a veiled eye on the taildragger’s safety record and dismiss the tricycle-gear 172—the 170’s successor—as a giant step backward...

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