Cessna C-145 / C-165 Airmaster

1939

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Cessna C-145

The final pre-war Cessna four-seat models were the C-145 and C-165 Airmaster. By the time their manufacture ceased in 1941, production had comprised 42 C-145s, 34 C-165s and three of the C-165D, powered respectively by 108kW, 123kW and 130kW versions of the Warner Super Scarab.

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Bert Zimmerly, e-mail, 13.04.2020 05:29

My Dad had 1 C-34 and 4 C-165s, I flew N25468 as a youngster and N237E as an aerial photo airplane in 1957 in Seattle. I keep up with Bill Koelling, and in 2006, rode with him in his Airmaster.
My Dad started Zimmerly Airlines in 1944 with 4 Airmasters and a Travel Air S6000B, that when certificated, in 1945, became Empire Airlines, the 2nd airline certified after WWII. They had switched to Boeing 247Ds by that time. Later, Empire merged with West Coast Airlines. I liked the heal /toe brakes and had no problem with them. I also years ago, made a rubber powered model of the Airmaster which needs a major covering job.

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Bob Hartmaier, e-mail, 23.12.2014 04:09

The "Johnson Bar" did not take the place of the rudder pedals. On the C-34, C-37, and C-38 the Johnson bar operated the brakes. If the pedals were neutral, you got even braking. If you pressed one pedal or the other while pulling back on the bar, you got differential braking. The C-145 /165 went to brakes via the rudder pedals, except they are not toe brakes. There is a kind of strap across the top of the pedal, and you pull the toe end of your foot back to apply braking. Rather counter intuitive. My C-38 was modified at some point with "Cub" style heel brakes and Goodyear hydraulic disk brakes. Johnson bar sounds like a good idea, until you realize that for landing you need one hand for the stick, one hand for the throttle, and one hand for the brakes. Unfortunately, not too many humans are so equipped! Is Doug Cloud looking for plans for a balsa model, or for a full size replica. Plans are available for either one. Leave a comment with email address.

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willis E. Vanderberg, e-mail, 01.03.2013 20:07

I had occasion to fly one of these in the mid fifties. It was a good performing airplane. Instead of rudder pedals there was a thing called a Johnson Bar. I am not sure if this was standard equipment on all C-165's or not.

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G, e-mail, 05.10.2012 07:51

A friend of mine, Bill Koelling, in Great Bend, Ks, has one of these and flys it regularly. I fly in it when I get the chance, and it's shown at every Airshow in Great Bend.

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H. W., e-mail, 12.02.2012 09:08

Michigan National Guard Had one of these planes at their field at Wayne in th late 30"s

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DOUG CLOUD, e-mail, 07.11.2011 00:51

ARE THERE ANY PLANS OR BLUE PRINTS FOR THIS AIRCRAFT? AND HOW CAN I ATTAIN THEM? THANKS
BEST REGARDS
DC

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Joe Pelletier, e-mail, 13.08.2011 15:59

This type aircraft was used by Aero Service Co. of Philadelphia for aerial mapping of Western Pa. out of DuBois, Pa. in the late thirties.

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ross cameron, e-mail, 26.07.2007 00:42

I have a scale model of this aircraft built by my late father and is perfect in every detail. G-AEAI built in 1953 and won him model engineer of the year award. I am now looking to sell this model.

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