Cessna aircraft manufacturerGeneral information about Cessna, the aerospace company in United States

The Cessna Aircraft Company is an American general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Best known for small, piston-powered aircraft, Cessna also produces business jets. The company is a subsidiary of the U.S. conglomerate Textron.

In March 2014 Cessna became a brand of Textron Aviation.

Cessna introduced the Cessna 172, in 1956. It became the most produced airplane in history. 1963 saw Cessna produce its 50,000th airplane, a Cessna 172.

Cessna's first business jet, the Cessna Citation I performed its maiden flight on 15 September 1969.

Cessna produced its 100,000th single engine airplane in 1975.

In 1985 Cessna ceased to be an independent company. It was purchased by General Dynamic Corporation and became a wholly owned subsidiary. Production of the Cessna Caravan began. General Dynamics in turn, sold Cessna to Textron Inc, in 1992.

Late in 2007, Cessna purchased the bankrupt Columbia Aircraft company for US$26.4M and would continue production of the Columbia 350 and 400 as the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 at the Columbia factory in Bend, Oregon.