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Original Cessna people

Post by 8187 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:20 pm

Does anybody have information on any surviving Cessna people that helped design, build or test fly the 120/140’s?

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Re: Original Cessna people

Post by VIP529 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:09 pm

That list will be really short if it exists at all? Mort Brown was one of two test pilots who flew the majority of the 120/140 series as they came off the assembly line. Mort passed away almost 10 years ago, he was in his 90's.

Anyone else who would have been associated with the engineering, manufacturing etc would probably be a similar age bracket.

I'm not aware of any survivors, there may be a few?

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Re: Original Cessna people

Post by 6863 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:28 am

There was a 120/140 test pilot and contemporary of Mort Brown with the last name of Mardis who is now also deceased. His son Nick Mardis remembers those days and owns a house and airstrip named Lake Waltanna SN65, 10 miles west of ICT. Nick owns a Cessna 180 which he has re-engined with a Lycoming 550. Nick's 180 also sports 3 wheel pants, has gear leg and strut fairings. Nick claims that all this makes his 180 the fastest in the world.
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