Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 177 Cardinal

Meant to be the next Skyhawk, the first Cardinal was a minor disaster. The fix was put in, and it worked; the 177 is now a fine, sleek single.

[IMGCAP(1)] No doubt about it, the original Cardinal was a flop. Suffering from poor performance and troubling aerodynamic qualities, the 177 quickly acquired a bad reputation that haunted the design for years. It could be said that it never really recovered; Cessna ended up discontinuing the Cardinal after 10 years, replacing it with the Hawk XP. Too bad, because the later Cardinals were much better than the originals, and superior to the Hawk XP, to boot.

The first Cardinals appeared in 1968. It was markedly different from other Cessna singles (and still isónone of the Cardinalís unique features made their way into other designs). It had a stabilator, and a cabin that...

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