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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


The Cessna 150 and 152 became the most popular civilian training aircraft after World War II, as well as economical recreational vehicles for weekend pilots. The series still serves as the principal two-seat, general aviation trainer in the United States. The A152 Aerobat, with greater structural strength to withstand up to +6g and -3g forces, appeals to those looking for a little more basic aerobatic and spin capability.

William K. Kershner bought this A152 in 1984 for his ACE Aerobatic School in Sewanee, Tennessee. A pilot for 61 years, Kershner flew more than 11,000 hours in military and civilian aircraft and performed over 7,000 spins for instruction and research purposes. He wrote five flying manuals, laced with technical wisdom and his trademark wit, that thousands of pilots worldwide have relied upon. In this airplane, 435 students completed his spin training course.

Gift of Elizabeth A. Kershner

Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company, Inc.

Date: 1977

Dimensions: Wingspan: 9.9 m (32 ft. 8.5 in.)
Length: 7.3 m (24 ft. 1 in.)
Height: 2.6 m (8 ft. 6 in.)
Weight: Empty 517 kg (1,139 lbs.)
Weight: Gross 760 kg (1,600 lbs.)
Top speed: 204 km/h (127 mph.)
Engine: Lycoming O-235-L2C, 110 hp

Materials: Overall: Aluminum

Physical Description:High wing, two seat single engine general aviation trainer.

Inventory number: A20070077000

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