The Cessna 152 was the improved version of Cessna 150. It is a two-seat general aviation aircraft with a fixed tricycle landing gear. This aircraft was mostly used for flight training and personal use.

First delivered in 1977, model 152 was Cessna’s answer to the new releases from Beechcraft Skipper & Piper Tomahawk. Just like the 150 model, majority of the 152s were built at the Cessna Factory in Wichita, Kansas.

The difference between the 150 and 152 models lies in the engine used. The 152 used the Lycoming-O235 engine, whereas the 150 model used the Continental O-200-A engine. The Lycoming-O235 engine gave the 152 model more speed and engine power and made it also compatible with the newer 100LL low lead fuel.

The body of the aircraft is mostly made of aluminum alloy making it an all-metal construction. The wingtips and fairings are made from fiberglass while the fuselage is semi-monocoque structure.

Over the years, hundreds of modifications have been made on Cessna 152. Some of the modifications were: tailwheel landing gear- improving its short field performance and increasing the cruise speed; engine power; different wingtips- also improving the cruise speed and reducing the stall speed; flap gap seals that increase the rate of climb; auto fuel STC’s – using auto fuel instead of the more expensive aviation fuel; auxiliary fuel tanks for larger fuel capacity; belly fuel drain valves- to drain the fuel from the lowest point in the fuel system and door catches to replace the factory installed that often fail in service.

The 152 model has an Aerobat variant known as A152 Aerobat, a two-seat aerobatics aircraft. It has a removable seat cushions allowing the crew to wear parachute on board.

In the latter part of 1985, Cessna ended their production of their light aircrafts including model 152. By that time around 7,500 units were built worldwide.

General Characteristics
Capacity: Two

Powerplant
Cessna 152
Engine: 1× Lycoming O-235-L2C flat-4 engine, 110 hp (82 kW)
Propeller: Two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller (McCauley) or a 72 in two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller (Sensenich)
Cessna 152 Aerobat
Engine: 1x Lycoming O-235-N2C 108 hp (80 KW)

Performance
Cessna 152
Maximum Speed: 204 km/h
Maximum Cruise Speed: 198 km/h
Stall Speed: 79 km/h unpowered, flaps down
Rate of Climb: 715 ft/min
Range: 768 km
Cessna A152 Aerobat
Maximum Speed: 200 km/h
Maximum Cruise Speed: 195 km/h
Rate of Climb: 715 ft/min
Range: 575 km

Dimensions
Cessna 152 & Cessna A152 Aerobat
Height: 8 ft 6 in
Length: 24 ft 1 in
Wingspan: 33 ft 4 in
Wing area: 160 sq ft

Weights
Cessna 152
Empty: 490 kg
Maximum take-off: 757 kg

Cessna A152 Aerobat
Empty: 513 kg
Maximum take-off: 760 kg

Sources:
http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/cessna_152
http://www.airplanebuying.com/cessna_152.php
http://www.airliners.net

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