The Cessna 150 is a two-seat, tricycle gear general aviation airplane originally designed for flight training, touring and personal use. The 150 was offered in the Commuter basic model and the aerobatic Aerobat model.
This Aircraft is known to be the fourth most produced civilian plane ever. It was offered for sale in the 150 basic model, Commuter, Commuter II, Patroller and the aerobatic Aerobat models.
The introduction of the Cessna 150 marked Cessna’s return to the two seat trainer market after a six year absence. This resulted in the most prolific and successful two seat trainer line in history.
Development of the original 150 began in the mid 1950s, resulting in a first flight in September 1957. Cessna decided to produce a successor to the popular Cessna 140 which had finished production in 1951.
This new aircraft followed the Cessna conventions then gaining favor of a strut braced high wing, all metal construction and tricycle undercarriage. Cessna began its production in September 1958. 150s that were made in America were produced with the Continental O-200 100 hp (75 kW) engine, but the 216 aircraft produced by Reims Aviation under license in France are powered by a Rolls Royce/Continental O-240A piston engine of 130 hp (97 kW). These French manufactured 150s were designated Reims F-150, with the “F” indicating “France”. There followed a continuous process of product improvement, although throughout the 150 model life the Continental O-200A powerplant remained unchanged.
The Cessna 150 is considered to be relatively easy to fly with virtually no handling challenges. The 150 is simple, and it is one of the very reasons it has become one of the world’s most popular basic trainers. Although, Its reputation for stability and ease of operation has occasionally brought it some criticism stating that pilots who trained on the 150 are ill-prepared to handle aircraft that are less tolerant of improper handling.
In 1966 Cessna, made great changes to the 150 design and was now called 150F. Sweeping back the fin 35 degrees was made to match the styling of the Cessna 172 and other models. The cabin doors were made 23% wider, new brakes were brought in and standardizing the 6.00X6 tires. The previously manual flaps were now made to be electrically actuated through a panel-mounted flap switch. They replaced the old electric stall warning system with a pneumatic-type. The baggage compartment was also made 50% bigger. A total of 3087 of the newly styled “F” models were produced.