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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 about Clyde Cessna in Kansapedia; and more about Clyde Cessna in Kansas Memory. Clyde Cessna was named one of 25 Notable Kansans.

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