Cessna 170A           N9976A        (c/n   19336)

                                   In late 1948/early 1949 Cessna radically changed the design of the 170.  It was so different that
                                   I would have thought they would have given it a new model number, but instead it became the 170A.
                                   A dorsal fin was added, the wings were all metal with tapered chord, the wing tips were squared off
                                   and the vee-struts were replaced with a single brace.  It really no longer looked like a blown-up 140
                                   and was now quite recognizable.  The nicely preserved example above of a 170A was shot at Santa
                                   Monica Municipal Airport in the late 1990s.