Antique/Classic/Contemporary Scrapbook #2


1949 Cessna 195

All of these aircraft pictured below were manufactured between 1943 and 1970. World history during this time frame begins in the middle of World War II, through to the year man first stepped upon the Moon. What’s interesting to note is that the aviation technology that existed in these two and a half decades changed so much… from radial engines and fixed landing gear to more efficient in-line engines and retractable landing gear in general aviation aircraft. 

Here’s the second part of a multi-part feature of the wide variety of designs and designers who made the post-World War II years an age of rapid technological advancement and economic advantages that allowed so many aircraft to be produced and their operation affordable by so many newly minted pilots.  That these aircraft, half a century old or older, still survive today is amazing. Since the aircraft in these photos are still airworthy, even more awe is in order, aimed towards the owners and operators of these treasures. Here’s some true aviation history in these photos, we hope that you learn more about our aviation heritage by noting the names, dates and producers of these grand aircraft.

Don’t forget to check in often for the third volume!

1948 Luscombe 8F

1950 Cessna 195A

1952 Cessna 170B

1953 Beech D18S

1953 Commander 520

1955 DHC-2 Beaver

1956 Beech G35 Bonanza

1957 Piper PA-22-150 Tri-pacer

1960 Beech H50 Twin Bonanza

1963 Dee Howard 500 

1966 Myers AC-200D

1970 Navion H

1943 Interstate S-1B1

1943 Stinson Vultee V-77

1944 Cessna T-50 

1944 Grumman G-44A Widgeon

1944 Callair A

1945 Douglas DC-3C 1830-94

1946 Taylorcraft BC-12-D

1946 Champion Aeronca 7AC

1946 Culver V

1946 Fairchild 24W-26

1946 Globe GC-1B Swift

1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser

1946 Republic RC-3 Seebee

1947 Cessna 120

1948 Fleet 80 Canuck 

1948 Funk B85C

Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 35 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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