Here’s an update from Cessna 195 owner Jan Johnson, based at KSQL, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, California. Jan affectionately named N4026A, her beautiful 1952 CESSNA 195A, “Elsie”.

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Dreamed of flying since I was a kid. Mom planted the aviation seed in my head back then. Her first husband was a fighter pilot with the Air Force. I grew up hearing all the stories of his flying.

Jan Causey Johnson FacebookI was a flight attendant with Reno Air (tallest female F/A in FAA history), based in San Jose, CA. Learning about the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 series aircraft was exciting. We got to crawl all over them during training, and I spent way too much time in the cockpit playing with the controls and not enough time in the back, practicing my beverage service! One day in early 2009, decided I wanted to fly an airplane. Got my Private ticket in eight months, while working full-time as a mechanical engineer, and immediately transitioned into tailwheel airplanes.

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Married to my college sweetheart Peter, and together for 35 years. He is a self-employed machinist and loves the 195 as much as me. We plan on doing many trips with our road bicycles in Elsie’s big baggage compartment. ASEL – 450 hours TT, 230 hours Tailwheel (since Feb. 2009). And proud to announce, as of 3/23/13, I’ve reached 52 hours total time in SIX different 195s. Well on my way to becoming a 195 pilot.

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As a flight attendant with Reno Air, I got to sit in the right seat of a McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 and take the controls during a flight to Anchorage. Flew in a P-51 Mustang just before my Private checkride, as well as a couple of flights in two different B-25 Mitchell bombers. Flew an AT-6 Texan in the summer of 2012, and flew to Oshkosh in the very last Cessna 195 made.

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And of course, I’ll always remember my first flight from the left seat of a friend’s gorgeous red and crimson 195 in 2010. I did everything wrong, but knew that the 195 was the plane for me. It was truly love at first flight.

See April 2010 Jan Johnson

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