The Airmaster made the advantages of the cantilevered (strutless) wing, cowled engine and enclosed cabin available for the first-time to American private pilots in small aircraft. The plane first flew in 1934 and kept the Cessna Aircraft Company alive through the late 1930's although production averaged less than 30 units per year through 1938. The Airmaster was one of the most efficient airplanes of the era. Company legend has it that Dwane Wallace, Cessna's young president, often used prize money won racing the new Airmaster to meet the company's modest payroll.
Source: Crusader by Sandy Roca
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