Cessna CR-3

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Cessna CR-3
Cessna CR-3.jpg
Role Air racer
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Cessna
Designer Clyde Cessna, Eldon Cessna
First flight June 11, 1933
Introduction June 17, 1933
Retired August 1933
Status Crashed
Number built 1
Developed from Cessna CR-2

The Cessna CR-3 was a follow on racing aircraft to the Cessna CR-2 that raced in the 1932 National Air Races.[1]


The CR-3 was ordered by Air racer Johnny Livingston in response to the performance he saw when competing against the Cessna CR-2 in the 1932 National Air Races. The CR-2 was modified with a mid-wing design.


The CR-3 was a mid-wing radial engined taildragger racer with manual retractable landing gear and a tail skid. The propeller was from a clipped wing Monocoupe racer #14. The tail surface was designed to be neutral, without downforce in flight. The elevators experienced significant vibration in test flights without the wing root fairings installed.

Operational history[edit]

The CR-3 lasted 61 days, winning every event it competed in.

  • Omaha Air Races, June 17, 1933 placed first.[2]
  • Competed in the Minneapolis Air Races, June 24, 1933 - First place
  • Competed in the Chicago American Air Race, July 1, 1933, the CR-2 first raced against CR-3 at these races. The CR-3 won the Baby Ruth Trophy at a speed of 201.42 mph. It also set a world speed record for aircraft with engines of under 500 cubic inches capacity at 237.4 mph [3]
  • The Cessna CR-3 won the Aero Digest Trophy race on July 4, 1933.

En route to an airshow in August 1933, the CR-3 experienced a failure of both the tail skid and a landing gear weld that would not allow the gear to lock. Livingston bailed out over Columbus, Ohio and the CR-3 was destroyed.


Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

  • Length: 17 ft (5.2 m)
  • Wingspan: 18 ft 5 in (5.61 m)
  • Height: 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
  • Empty weight: 750 lb (340 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Warner Super Scarab Radial, 145 hp (108 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 222 kn; 410 km/h (255 mph) demonstrated
  • Stall speed: 56 kn; 105 km/h (65 mph)

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ Sport Aviation. Feb 1958.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Cessna CR-3 History". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cessna CR-3". Retrieved 16 April 2011.