The Cessna 152

The Cessna 152 is a two seat high winged basic training aeroplane. This is my tribute to this little workhorse of the sky. Any pilot who has flown one will recognise some of the points referred to!

THE Cessna 152 design,
Is not by any means, sublime,
With clumsy struts, and angled fin,
And a fuselage, made out of tin,
A cabin, small, just room for two,
You really have to know your crew!
For safety’s sake, may God be praised,
The undercarriage can’t be raised,
Full flaps drop down, forty degrees,
Like twin barn doors, into the breeze,
The seats move smoothly, fore and aft,
If the catch unlocks, this happens fast,
The cabin vents are curious things.
Like aerosols stuck in the wings,
They’re firmly fixed, without a doubt,
Until you climb, the they drop out,
These things you’ll recognise, and more,
But what’s the rear view mirror for?
This little ‘plane has given much,
Withstood the student pilot’s touch,
And carried me through miles of sky,
And in her charge, I learned to fly,
She’s no classic, that much is true,
But, deep down, she’s great, my 152

Mark Charlwood
Pilot, Instructor, Poet

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