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Clyde Vernon Cessna designed the very first Cessna in 1911, and the company was founded sixteen years later. Cessna, Piper, and Beechcraft, were known as the Big Three companies in general aviation. Cessna is best known for its small, piston powered planes, but it also manufactures business jets. In 2014, it was acquired by Textron, which also controls Beechcraft.

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"Cessna 172 on ground at St-Michel-des-Saints, 19 May 2014" by Yan Gouger is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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