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Clyde Cessna

(1879-1954)

  • Born in Iowa, came to Kansas two years later
  • Interested in mechanics and technology
  • First saw an airplane show in 1910
  • Built first "silverwing" plane in 1911
  • After crashing and rebuilding 13 times, his design was successful
  • Started Cessna Aircraft Corporation in 1927

Find more information about Clyde Cessna on Kansapedia.

In 2011, Clyde Cessna was selected as one of the 25 Notable Kansans by Governor Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas History.

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