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Cessna 172 Models
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Here is a post from Usenet about Cessna 172 Models - Very Informative
From: Wes Grady (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Web Site for C-172 Models?
> Is there a web site that details the differences in the various year and
> model numbers of the Cessna 172? For instance, what is the differences
> between a C-172M and a C-172P, and what years where each mftd?
172 170B with tricycle gear, square vertical tail and Continental
O-300-C, 145 hp engine.
172A 172 with swept vertical tail
172B 172A with deeper fuselage, new windshield, revised cowling and
propeller spinner, external baggage door and new instrument panel, new
paint and spats.
172C 172B with minor changes
172D 172C with cut-down rear fuselage and omni-visioon rear windows
172E 172D with electric flaps, optional rear child seat and minor
172F 172E with minor changes (also called USAF T-41A)
172G 172F with minor changes (also called USAF T-41A)
172H 172G with new nose u/c and spats, modified engine cowling, new
instrument panel (also called USAF T-41A)
172I 172H with 150hp Lycoming O-320-E2D engine and 40# useful load
172J Initial designation for modell 177.
172K 172I with enlarged rear side windows, smooth dorsal fin fillet,
rudder trim tab and cambered wingtips. (also known as USAD T-41A)
172L 172K with tubular steel u/c, now mounted landing light, new spats.
1972 model has longer fin fairing.
172M 172L with wing leading edge camber. 1974 model has new spats and
enlarged baggage area.
172N 172M with 160hp Lycoming O-320-H2AD engine, air-conditioning, new
172P Called the Skyhawk 100. 172N with Lycoming O-320-D2J engine, 89#
useful load incrase, modified elevator and optional long range tanks.
172Q Called the Cutlass. 172P with 180hp Lycoming O-360-A4N engine
R172K Called the Hawk XP. 172N with 195hp Continental IO-360K engine,
constant speed prop, luxury interior and 116# useful load increase.
P172D 172D powered by 175hp Continental GO-300-E Powermatic geared
engine and revised cowling with dorsal gearbox fairing.
172RG Cutlass RG. 172N with retractable u/c, 180hp Lycoming O-360-F1a6
engine and 3 blade c/s prop.
If the model number has an "F" in front of the number, it was built in
Reims. If it has an "R" it is the model built for the USAF or foreign
military use under US approval.
Years of manufacture
P172D There were 69 built, but I don't have years.