Cessna 120
Single-engine high-wing light cabin monoplane, USA

Archive Photos 1

1947 Cessna 120 (NC1611V) at the 2005 Camarillo Air Show, Camarillo, CA (Photos by John Shupek)

History 2

The Cessna 120 and the Cessna 140 are single engine, two-seat, light general aviation aircraft that were first produced in 1946, immediately following the end of World War II. Production ended in 1950, and was succeeded by the Cessna 150, a similar two-seat trainer which introduced a tricycle gear. The Cessna 120 and the Cessna 140, together, sold 7,664 copies in the five years that the aircraft were produced.

Development 2

Cessna 140

The Cessna 140 was originally equipped with an 85 or 90 horsepower (63 or 67 kW) Continental horizontally-opposed, air cooled, four-cylinder piston engine. This model has a metal fuselage and fabric wings with metal control surfaces. The larger Cessna 170 was a four seat 140 with a more powerful engine.

Cessna 140A

The final variant of the Cessna 140 introduced in 1949 was the 140A which had a standard Continental C90 engine producing 90-hp (67 kW), aluminum covered wings and a single strut replacing the dual "V" struts and jury struts fitted on earlier models.

Cessna 120

The Cessna 120 was an economy version of the 140 produced at the same time. It had the same engine as the 140, but did not have wing flaps. The cabin "D" side windows and electrical system (radios, lights, battery and starter) were optional.

Modifications 2

Cessna 120 Specifications 2




Tail Unit

Landing Gear

Power Plant



Weights and Loadings



  1. Shupek, John. Photos by John Shupek, Copyright © 2009 Skytamer Images (Skytamer.com). All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cessna 140
  3. Bridgman, Leonard. Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1947. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1947, p 196c.

search Skytamer.com

Skytamer Images (Skytamer.com)
Est. 1998