Many people are aware that today is the 26th anniversary of the 777-200ER taking flight for the first time. While yes, this was and still is a significant leap of progress for the aviation industry, today in 1955 also marked a possibly even more major milestone in the development of piloting – the Cessna 172 Skyhawk taking flight for the first time.
The prototype, registered as N41678, took off from Cessna Aircraft Field southeast of Witchita, KS, and flew to a grass strip near Kingman, KS, roughly 48 miles (72km) to the west. Today, the 172 remains the most produced aircraft of all time and a very popular trainer for student pilots.
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