It’s Official: Columbia is Now a Cessna

By Robert Mark on November 27th, 2007

Just when I thought I’d never again need to worry about remembering more model numbers Cessna tonight announced not only that it was the successful bidder in the Columbia bankruptcy case, but that it would rename those two new airplanes the Cessna 350 and the Cessna 400.

Good for you folks. Columbia 2

Not only does Cessna get a fine company with a great line of products that have delivered over 600 airframes in 10 years, but they now build the fastest single-engine production airplanes on the planet. The Cessna 400 will clip along at 235 KIAS. Best of all for all those folks in Bend Oregon, the Columbia lives on and a lot of people get to keep their jobs. And there’s more good economic news apparently in the hopper for Bend as well.

The transaction is expected to close December 4, 2007. Now I just need to figure out how to add a little Cessna 400 time to my logbook.

Cessna History Quiz

OK you knowledge junkies. In order now, give me the three-number identifier for all the Cessnas built with model numbers after the Cessna 400. And this one is probably too easy, so let’s add in the name. For instance, the C172 is the Skyhawk and the C182 is the Skylane.

I have no idea what the prize will be yet, but I’ll think of something commensurate with the sweat that will pour from your brow as you think of the answer.

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4 Responses to “It’s Official: Columbia is Now a Cessna”

  1. Ryan Keough Says:

    OK, I’ll bite on todays post… here’s what I have…

    Cessna 401 Utiliner and Businessliner
    Cessna 402 Utiliner and Businessliner
    Cessna 404 Titan II
    Cessna 406 Caravan II
    Cessna 411
    Cessna 414 Chancellor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
    Cessna 425 Conquest I
    Cessna 441 Conquest II
    Cessna 500 Citation I
    Cessna 501 Citation ISP
    Cessna 510 Citation Mustang
    Cessna 525 Citation Jet, CJ1, CJ1+
    Cessna 525A CJ2, CJ2+
    Cessna 525B CJ3
    Cessna 550 Citation II, Cessna Citation Bravo
    Cessna 551 Citation IISP
    Cessna S550 Citation SII
    Cessna 560 Citation V, Citation Ultra, Citation Encore, Citation Encore+
    Cessna Citation 560XL Excel, XLS, XLS+
    Cessna 650 Citation III, Citation VI, Citation VII
    Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign
    Cessna 750 Citation X

    That’s a lot o’Cessnas!

  2. Robert Mark Says:

    OK … big deal.

    So another Jetwhine reader thought my little quiz was a piece of cake. You realize Ryan, you’re only making it harder for the next person!

    Send me your address at and I’ll send you this really nifty gift courtesy of the folks at Southwest Airlines.

    Thanks for answering.

  3. terri Says:

    I know the ferry pilot that will bring the first Columbia/Cessna to Australia. what a beautiful craft, Cessna should be proud to have the design! state of the art tech!

  4. Ben Says:

    I love the Cessna. It’s easy to fly and maintain. Base asking prices aren’t too bad. Picked mine up yesterday! Cheers.

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