Cessna 150H
Single-engine two-seat tricycle-gear high-wing cabin civil monoplane, USA

Archive Photos 1

1968 Cessna 150H (G-GAZG, c/n 15068295) c.2003 at the Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

The Cessna 150 is a two-seat tricycle gear general aviation airplane, that was designed for flight training, touring and personal use. The Cessna 150 is the fourth most produced civilian plane ever, with 23,839 aircraft produced. The Cessna 150 was offered for sale in the 150 basic model, Commuter, Commuter II, Patroller and the aerobatic Aerobat models.

Development 2

Development of the Model 150 began in the mid 1950s with the decision by Cessna Aircraft to produce a successor to the popular Cessna 140 which finished production in 1951. The main change in the 150 design was the use of tricycle landing gear, which is easier to learn to use than the tailwheel landing gear of the Cessna 140.

The Cessna 150 prototype first flew on September 12, 1957, with production commencing in September 1958 at Cessna’s Wichita, Kansas plant. 216 aircraft were also produced by Reims Aviation under license in France. These French manufactured 150s were designated Reims F-150, the "F" indicating they were built in France.

American-made 150s were produced with the Continental O-200-A 100-hp (75 kW) engine, but the Reims-built aircraft are powered by a Rolls Royce O-240-A piston engine of 130-hp (97 kW). All Cessna 150s have very effective flaps that extend 40°.

The best-performing airplanes in the 150 and 152 fleet are the 1962 Cessna 150B and the 1963 Cessna 150C. Thanks to their light 1,500 lbs (680 kg) gross weight and more aerodynamic rear fuselage, they climb the fastest, have the highest ceilings, and require the shortest runways. They have a 109-knot (202 km/h) cruise speed, faster than any other model year of either the Cessna 150 or Cessna 152.

All models from 1966 onwards have larger doors and increased baggage space. With the 1967 Model 150G the doors were bowed outward 1.5 inches (38 mm) on each side to provide more cabin elbow room.

Production 2

A total of 22,138 Cessna 150s were built in the United States, including 21,404 Commuters and 734 Aerobats. Reims Aviation completed 1,764 F-150s, of which 1,428 were Commuters and 336 were Aerobats. Forty-seven F-150s were also assembled by a Reims affiliate in Argentina, including 38 Commuters and 9 Aerobats.

Of all the Cessna 150-152 models, the 1966 model year is the most plentiful with 3,067 1966 Cessna 150s produced. This was the first year the aircraft featured a swept tail fin, increased baggage area and electrically operated flaps.

Design Succession 2

The 150 was succeeded in the summer of 1977 by the closely related Cessna 152. The 152 is more economical to operate due to the increased TBO (time between overhaul) of the Lycoming O-235 engine. The 152 had its flap travel limited to 30° from the 150’s 40° deflection for better climb with full flaps and the maximum certified gross weight was increased from 1,600 lbs (726 kg) on the 150 to 1670 lbs (757 kg) on the 152. Production of the 152 ended in 1985 when manufacturing of all Cessna piston singles was suspended. In 2007 Cessna announced that they will build a two seat successor to the Model 150 and 152 designated the Model 162 Skycatcher.

Variants 2

The many refinements incorporated into the Cessna 150 over the years had cost the aircraft a lot of useful load. The very first Cessna 150 weighed 962 lbs (436 kg) empty, whereas the last Cessna 150M "Commuter II had an empty weight of 1,129 lbs (512 kg). This increase in empty weight of 167 lbs (76 kg) was offset only by a gross weight increase of 100 lbs (45 kg) in 1964. The Cessna 152 would bring a much-needed 70 lbs (32 kg) increase in gross weight to 1,670 lbs (760 kg).

A total of 3,097 Cessna 150M models were built during its three-year run. An additional 285 were built by Reims as the F150M and 141 FA150M Aerobats with the Rolls Royce Continental O-240-A engine. Reims also built 75 A150Ls with F150M modifications.

Flight Characteristics 2

Modifications Available 2

There are hundreds of modifications available for the Cessna 150. Some of the most frequently installed include:

Noteworthy Flights 2

Military Operators 2

1968 Cessna 150 (Standard Model) Specifications and Performance Data 2




Tail Unit

Landing Gear

Power Plant


Electronics and Equipment

External Dimensions


Weights and Loadings

Performance at Max T-O Weight


  1. Shupek, John. Photos by John Shupek, Copyright © 2009 Skytamer Images (Skytamer.com). All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia. Cessna 150
  3. Taylor, John W. R. Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1968-69: Cessna Model 150H. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969, p 248.

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