Used Aircraft Guide


Cessna 180 Skywagon

A production run of nearly 30 years, combined with strong resale values, are evidence that Cessna got it right with the 180.

[IMGCAP(1)] Although usually thought of as a bushplane, the Cessna 180 has the kind of versatility that makes it anything but an anachronism, despite its tail-dragger configuration.

It might be classified as a Skylane without a tricycle gear, since the Cessna 180 Skywagon has the same engine and nearly equal weight and performance. Most buyers select this airplane, which enjoyed a production run that lasted from 1953 through 1981, because they have a specialized use in mind, such as skydiving or flying from floats or skis or wheels out of short, rough fields.

Vast numbers of these airplanes were built: Over 6,000 in all. The earliest years were the heyday, with 600 to 800 180s a year...

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