Cessna 177

The Cessna 177, also known as the Cessna Cardinal, was introduced in 1967 and was labeled the “Airplane of the ’70s” due to its racy, sloped windshield, strutless wings, and futuristic, low to the ground design. The Cessna Cardinal is big, fast and fun to fly. With a wide, spacious cabin, enormous doors, and excellent visibility, the Cessna Cardinal is well loved by its owners. The absence of an obstructing wing support strut also makes the aircraft an excellent platform for aerial photography.

The Cessna 177 was intended to replace the 172 Skyhawk, and initially Cessna cancelled production of the 172. Early issues with the 150 hp engine on the 177 dampened enthusiasm, and the 172 came back into production. Once Cessna upgraded the Cardinal to a 180 hp engine, its popularity returned; today the Cardinal has a virtual cult following.

Cessna 177 Variants

  • Cessna 177 (1968, S/N 17700001 – 17701164)
  • Cessna 177A (1969, S/N 17701165 – 17701370)
  • Cessna 177B (1970 – 1978, S/N 17701371 – 17702123)
  • Cessna 177RG (1971 – 1978, S/N 177RG0001 – 177RG1366)
  • Cessna 177 Cardinal Classic (1978)

Cessna 177 RG Specs

  • Seats: 4
  • MTOW: 2,500 lbs
  • Cruise: 144 kts
  • Takeoff (50 ft) 1585 ft
  • Landing (50 ft) 1350 ft
  • Wing span 35′ 6″
  • Length 27′ 8″
  • Height 8′ 7″

Cessna 177 Modifications/Conversions

  • Engine Conversion 150 HP to 180 HP
  • STOL
  • Speed Modifications
    • Nose Strut Fairing
    • Tailcone Fairing
    • Exhaust Stack Fairing

Cessna 177 Engine

  • Lycoming O-320-E2D (177), 150 HP 2000 TBO
  • Lycoming O-320-A2F (177A), 180 HP 2000 TBO
  • Lycoming O-360-A1F6 (1970-1974 177B) 180 HP, 2000 TBO
  • Lycoming O-360-A1F6D (1975-1978 177B) 180 HP, 2000 TBO
  • Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 (1971 177RG) 200 HP, 2000 TBO
  • Lycoming IO-360-A1B6D (1972-1978 177RG) 200 HP, 2000 TBO

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