Overview:

It was in 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, Cessna resumed commercial aircraft production via Models 120 and 140. Both models are single engine, two-seat aircrafts. They were also considered as light general aviation aircraft.

When Cessna 140 was first produced, it was equipped with 85 or 90 (63 or 67 kW) horsepower (hp), four-cylinder piston engine. The 85hp had fabric wings and the 90hp had full metal plates.

In 1949 the final variant of Cessna 140 was introduced and was known in the market as Cessna 140A. This modified version of Cessna 140 had a standard Continental C90 engine producing 90hp (67 kW). It also has aluminum covered wings and metal control panels.

Between 1946 and 1950, modifications were made in the Cessna 140 model. The fabric wing was replaced with metal wings. This change will also eliminate the need to replace the fabric wing as often as it should be. Landing gear extenders were also installed. It has additional cabin windows and electrical system (radio, battery, lights and starter).

In 1950, production of Cessna models 120 and 140 stopped. During four years of production, Cessna 120 and 140 sold about 7,000 aircrafts.

Specifications and Performance:

Cessna 140 can accommodate 1 crew and 1 passenger. It stands at 6 feet 3 inches high with length measured at 21 feet and 6
inches (6.6 m) with wingspan of 32 feet and 10 inches (10.0 m).

It has 2 cabin doors and baggage capacity of 40lbs.

This particular model uses Continental C-85-12 engine, fixed propeller and conventional landing gear. Cruise speed is 174 kilometers per hour or 108.1 miles per hour. Maximum speed is 203 kilometers per hour or 125 miles per hour but never exceeds 225.3 kilometers per hour or 140 miles per hour. Stall speed is 72 kilometers per hour or 45 miles per hour. Climb rate is 680 feet per minute. Service ceiling is about 15,500 feet.

After it ceased production in 1950, a larger, modified version of Cessna 140 was introduced in the market- Cessna 170. It is basically a resized version of 140 with a more powerful engine.

Cessna 140’s basic benefit is that it is a tail dragger. As such, its flexibility makes it easy to fly into remote areas or grassy landing strips. Being around for the last 6 decades only shows Cessna 140’s durability.

Sources:
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_140
http://flightopedia.com/cessna-140.htm
http://ensign.ftlcomm.com/planes/cessna/140/140.html
http://www.flugzeuginfo.net/acdata_php/acdata_cessna120_en.php
http://www.airplanebuying.com/cessna_140.php