Cessna 190 and 195 Aircraft Photos and Information
 
   
Photo Page 1, sn 7004 thru 7399
 
     
   
In sequence by SN - Many have multiple photos
 
Cessna 195 N145V, 1948 sn 7135, probably ex N3445V

1/28/11 - A step back in time - - but hey, Maine has a way of doing that! Roger Currier has owned N145V since 1986. This aircraft has spent most of its life in New York and the New England States, much of the time as a commercially operated floatplane. I took this photo in 9/06 at the International Seaplane Fly In at Greenville, Maine. The other shots are from 9/03.

 
Photo 2 - Currier has his own little base, 21M, nestled into a corner of Moosehead Lake, Greenville Junction, Maine. There's not many places that you can get a ride in a '195 seaplane! Photo 3 - It probably takes nosedragger pilots a while to figure out how you see where you're going in a '195. And N145V isn't even in a three-point attitude! It's a lot like the 450-Stearman's I've flown.
Cessna 190, 195 N3440V, 1948 sn 7144

1/28/11 - This pretty '195 has its original N-number, as do most 190 and 195's. Built in 1948 as a '190 and still registered as such, it was converted to a 195 with the 275-HP, Jacobs R755-B2 engine somewhere along the line. '40V has spent much of its life in the state of Washington in the hands of several owners. I believe it was in Delaware before making the trek to Alaska, probably in '03.

Photo 2 - This is the larger of two types of spinner that are used on the '195. Note how different it is from some of the other 195's on this site. Photo 3 - Unquestionably vintage Cessna, late '40's and 1950's, wouldn't you say!
Cessna 195 N3488V, 1948 sn 7192

1/28/11 - The two floatplanes that I had most passionately wanted to photograph were the Cessna 195 and Beech 18. I got the 195's at the 2003 International Seaplane Fly-In at Moosehead Lake, Greenville, Maine, and the Twin Beechs in July 2005. Now I'm back to more ordinary airplanes! Roger Currier, of Currier's Flying Service has three 195's - - two on Edo 3450 floats and one on wheels and skis.

N3488V started her career in 1948, working for Texaco Oil as a seaplane in Louisiana. From there it went to Canada and was used commercially for some years. Most of Currier's flying is now high-quality scenic tours, so '88 Victor isn't used for hard freight as much as it once was. Roger overhauls his own engines, the 275-HP, 7-cylinder Jacobs R755-B2 radial, and the 300-HP, R755-A2. He says that both engines put out about the same power so he uses whichever one is ready when he needs it. He uses the long, 2B20-6135A-9 prop as used on big Stinsons, rather than the shorter -15 blades that the '195 on wheels typically has.

Currier has a lot of affection for the 195, but he'll also be candid with you about it. He doesn't mind telling you that it might use up a mile of lake getting off when it's fully loaded. That ole' Jake just sits out there and keeps cranking until the Cessna has enough momentum to break free from the water, and then they'll cruise together at about 120-MPH.
Photo 2 - Passengers are aboard and a dock hand points the 195 toward the channel. Photo 3 - '88-Victor taxies past a co-worker, Beaver N91549. The Beaver is six years younger then N3488V. They are two very different aircraft. The 195 was called the "Businessliner" and was designed for comfortable and reasonably fast cross-country travel. The Beaver was designed more as a STOL aircraft to carry big loads into and out of shorter runways and lakes. However, Currier says that, given enough lake, the 195 will handle a good-sized load. One must remember too, that the Beaver has 450-HP to the 195's, 275 or 300-HP.
Photo 4 - Back from a scenic tour. "We'll just hold her here a bit until we get closer to shore." Photo 5 - Moving more slowly now toward the dock, and then we'll wait for more passengers. Photo 6 - Water transportation Currier style. There are all kinds of things to do in Greenville Junction!
Cessna 190, 195 N4310V, 1948 sn 7217

1/28/11 - This 190 belonged to Mennonite evangelist George R. Brunk in 1958. Brother George would sometimes stop by Stoltzfus Airport at Coatesville, PA, when he was in the area. Often it was around 11:30 or so - - and he would be invited for lunch. He was a special friend. It was under his preaching in a tent in about 1952 that I made the decision to become a Christian.


N4310V in 1958


N4310V in 2007
Almost fifty years later then, I saw '10 Victor at a flyin at MD18, Horn Point Airport, Cambridge, MD. I didn't realize it was the same airplane until I started sorting my photos for this web site. It has been converted to the Jacobs by now and you can see the longer engine cowling. Photo 3 - See you later!
 

 

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