Cessna 152 Aerobat
Single-engine two-seat high-wing aerobatic-capable monoplane, USA

Archive Photos 1

1978 Cessna 152 (N67282, msn 15281722) on display (1/11/2009) at the 2009 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Cessna Model 152 Series Overview 2

The Cessna 152 is an American two-seat, fixed tricycle gear, general aviation airplane, used primarily for flight training and personal use. It was based on the earlier Cessna 150, including a number of minor design changes and a slightly more powerful engine running on 100LL aviation gasoline.

The Cessna 152 has been out of production for more than thirty years, but there are still a large number of aircraft in flying condition. Due to the aircraft’s durability many examples have flown more than 15,000 hours and over 60,000 landings and are still in regular use for flight training.

Development 2

First delivered in 1977 as the 1978 model year, the 152 was a modernization of the proven Cessna 150 design. The 152 was intended to compete with the new Beechcraft Skipper and Piper Tomahawk, both of which were introduced the same year. Additional design goals were to improve useful load through a gross weight increase to 1,670 lbs (757 kg), decrease internal and external noise levels and run better on the then newly introduced 100LL fuel.

As with the 150, the great majority of 152s were built at the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kansas. A number of aircraft were also built by Reims Aviation of France and given the designation F152/FA152.

Production of the 152 was ended in 1985 when Cessna ended production of all of their light aircraft; by that time, a total of 7,584 examples of the 152, including A152 and FA152 Aerobat aerobatic variants, had been built worldwide.

In 2007 Cessna announced that it would build a light sport successor, designated the Model 162 Skycatcher, although production ended in 2013.

Design 2


All Cessna 152s were manufactured with a Lycoming O-235 engine which has been in production since 1942. The Lycoming provided not only an increase in engine power over the Cessna 150, but also was more compatible with the newer 100LL low lead fuel.

Cessna 152s produced between 1977 and 1982 were equipped with Lycoming O-235-L2C engines producing 110 hp (82 kW) at 2550 rpm. This engine still suffered some lead-fouling problems in service. In 1983 it was succeeded by the 108 hp (81 kW) O-235-N2C which featured a different piston design and a redesigned combustion chamber to reduce this problem. The N2C engine was used until 152 production ended in 1985.


The airframe is mainly of metal construction. being primarily of 2024-T3 aluminum alloy with riveted skin. Components such as wingtips and fairings are made from glass-reinforced plastic. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque with vertical bulkheads and frames joined by longerons running the length of the fuselage. The wings are of a strut-braced design and have a 1° dihedral angle. The tapered (outboard) portion of each wing has one degree of washout (the chord of the tip section has 1° lower angle of attack than the chord at the end of the constant-width section). This allows greater aileron effectiveness during a stall.

The 1978 model has a one piece cowling nose bowl that requires removing the propeller to remove it. The 1979 model introduced a split-nose cowling nose bowl that can be removed without removing the propeller.

Flying Controls

Dual controls are available as optional equipment on the Cessna 152 and almost all 152s have this option installed.

The Cessna 152 is equipped with differential ailerons that move through 20° upwards and 15° downwards. It has single-slotted flaps which are electrically operated and deploy to a maximum of 30°. The rudder can move 23° to either side and is fitted with a ground-adjustable trim tab. The elevators move up through 25° and down through 18°. An adjustable trim tab is installed on the right elevator and is controlled by a small wheel in the center of the control console. The trim tab moves 10° up and 20° down relative to the elevator chordline.

Landing Gear

The Cessna 152 is equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear. The main gear has tubular steel legs surrounded by a full-length fairing with a step for access to the cabin. The main gear has a 7 ft 7 in (2.3 m) wheelbase.

The nosewheel is connected to the engine mount and has an oleo strut to dampen and absorb normal operating loads. The nosewheel is steerable through 8° either side of neutral and can castor under differential braking up to 30°. It is connected to the rudder pedals through a spring linkage.

The braking system consists of single disc brake assemblies fitted to the main gear and operated by a hydraulic system. Brakes are operated by pushing on the top portion of the rudder pedals. It is possible to use differential braking when taxiing and this allows very tight turns to be made.

The 152 is also fitted with a parking brake system. It is applied by depressing both toe brakes and then pulling the Park Brake lever to the pilot’s left. The toe brakes are then released but pressure is maintained in the system thereby leaving both brakes engaged.

The standard tires used are 600 × 6 on the main gear and 500 × 5 on the nosewheel.


There are hundreds of modifications available for the Cessna 152. The most frequently installed include:

Variants 2

Operators 2

Civilian Operators

Military Operators

Cessna 152 Specifications and Performance Data 2




Tail Unit

Landing Gear

Power Plant



Optional Electronics

Standard equipment

Optional equipment (standard on 152/II)

Other optional equipment

Dimensions, external


Weights and Loadings (A: standard 152; B: 152/II)

Performance (at max T-O weight)

Cessna 152 Aerobat Specifications and Performance Data 2

The Model 152 Aerobat combines the economy and versatility of the standard Model 152 with aerobatic capability. Structural changes allow the Aerobat to perform ’unusual attitude’ maneuvers and it is licensed in the Aerobatic category for load factors of +6g and -3g at full gross weight, permitting the performance of barrel and aileron rolls, snap rolls, loops, Immelmann turns, Cuban eights, spins, vertical reversements, lazy eights and chandelles.

Equipment of the aircraft differs only slightly from that of the standard 152. Quick-release cabin doors, removable seat cushions and backs, quick-release lapstraps, and shoulder harnesses, are standard, as are two tinted skylights in the cabin roof which offer extra field of view. Distinct external styling provides immediate recognition of the Aerobat’s role.

Dimensions and Areas

Weights and Loadings

Performance (at max T-0 weight)


  1. Shupek, John. Photos by John Shupek, Copyright © 2009 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cessna 152
  3. Taylor, John W. R. Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1978-79. London, Jane’s Yearbooks, 1978, ISBN 0 531 03298 1, pp 299-300.

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