Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high-wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft in the history of aviation.


Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956 and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000. The aircraft remains in production today. Cessna introduced a retractable landing gear version of the 172 in 1980 and named it the Cutlass 172RG.

A Cessna 172 was used in 1958 to set the world record for flight endurance; the record still stands. On May 28, 1987, a rented Reims Cessna F172P, was used by a German teenage pilot Mathias Rust to fly an unauthorized flight from Helsinki Airport through Soviet airspace to land near the Red Square in Moscow, all without being intercepted by Soviet air defense.

Throughout its history, Air Club Skopje used three different versions of this model: Cessna 172K, L, and M respectively. Currently, we use one Cessna 172K, which was built in 1969, and it is used for basic pilot training, panoramic flights, application of bates-vaccines against fox rabies, and for personal use.