The Cessna 177 was
introduced at the end of 1967 and was a kind of modernized 172.
was the cantilever
wing. After a total of some 4000 of these aircraft
(including a number of Cardinal
RG - retractable gear versions) had been
produced, production ceased in 1978. Since I did not
possess an image of a US
registered Cardinal I had to resort to the collection of fellow Aussie
and historian Phil Vabre who kindly
permitted use of this nice shot taken at Bendigo at the end of
2005. It was, Phil tells me,
visiting from Darwin, hence its somewhat tatty appearance. i.e.
been subjected to rather harsh environmental conditions! This
aircraft was one of
20 similar machines which were imported in 1968.