Designation: 120

Cessna 120

Cessna Model 120

A picture of the Cessna Model 120

The Cessna 120 and 140 were designed at the end of World War II to take advantage of what was hoped would be massive growth in the private pilot training industry.  U.S. Government education grants to returning veterans were allowed for pilot training and Cessna hoped to grab much of the flight school market with these two modern, simple, and relatively inexpensive designs.  As it turned out both aircraft were very popular, and many pilots received their introduction to flight in the 140 or 120.  By August of 1946, Cessna was turning out twenty-two Model 120s and Model 140s a day.  Production of the Model 120 ended in 1949 with 2,171 built.

The Model 120 is a simplified version of the Model 140.  Differences include the deletion of the wing flaps and rear quarter fuselage windows and a simplified interior.  Otherwise the aircraft were virtually identical in construction and appearance.  The Model 120 was built with a fabric covered wing which has been replaced with aluminum on the museum’s example.

Wingspan 32 ft 10 in.


Length 21 ft 6 in.


Height 6 ft 3 in.


Weight 1,450 pounds (loaded)


Max. Speed 123 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 15,500 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 420 miles


Engines One Continental C-85-12 piston engine with 85 horsepower


Crew 2



Royal Air Force, Number 8 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 1991

“Mr. McHenry”


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