Aviation: Cessna's Skymaster

On its maiden flight over Wichita last week, the new plane made a striking silhouette against the prairie skies. It was like no other private plane in the world.

Twin tail cones swept back from the wings to form a goal-post-shaped rudder assembly. Even more unusual were its twin engines, hung fore and aft on its gracefully streamlined cabin pod. one pulling, one pushing. The plane was the Skymaster, Cessna Aircraft Co.'s newest entry in the race for the flying businessman's dollar. For Cessna, world's biggest private-planemaker, the Skymaster is a bold new...

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