The Cessna CR-1 proved to be too difficult to handle, requiring a redesign of the aircraft. The new plane had an additional 2 foot of wing, and 2 foot of fuselage length.
The aircraft was a mid-wing open cockpit taildragger using a fabric covered wooden wing structure. The landing gear was manually retractable into the fuselage. In 1932 the aircraft was rebuilt with thinner wings, retractable landing gear, and a 499 cubic inch Warner engine.
The CR-2 was test-flown by Roy Ligget in May 1930. The aircraft took the name "Miss Wanda".
1930 Omaha Air Races - The CR-2 placed fourth in the under 500c.i. class, and fifth in the unlimited class. Nearly losing the CR-2, the pilot, John Livingston, ordered an updated version, the Cessna CR-3.
1930 National Air Races Pilots Bill Ong placed second in the 650c.i. category, third in the 800c.i. category, and second in the 450c.i. category. Pilot Mae Haizlip placed second in the Women's Free For All.