could a cessna 172 cross the atlantic without stopping?

September 25, 2009

im writing something for english and i want to know if a cessna 172 could possibly cross the atlantic without removing any seats making room for spare gas tanks.
im not just talkin island hoping or being carried. im talkin goin from Washington DC to Britain in one jump.

As is? No.
The 172 holds 52 gallons of fuel (depending on the specific model.) 50 of which is usable.

At cruise, it will use, a minimum of 10 gallons per hour.

So, realistically, it will fly about 5 hours before it runs out of gas.

At 120kts, that would get you about 600 miles.
Which could be a little longer or shorter depending on the wind.

You could add axillary fuel tanks in the back (behind the rear seats).
But, due to weight and balance restrictions, you could probably only carry another 10-20 gallons.

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10 Responses to “could a cessna 172 cross the atlantic without stopping?”

  1. M R on September 25th, 2009 3:33 am

    Not even close.. Cessna’s and other small single engines have made the crossings, but those that aren’t modified do not do it in a single shot, that wouldn’t be very safe.

    Fatigue and full bladders are another consideration
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  2. Ryan on September 25th, 2009 4:07 am

    No it would run out of fuel. Plus it would take forever with a top speed of 120 knots
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  3. Pilsner Man on September 25th, 2009 4:43 am

    It has about the same chance that a moped has to make it from Miami to Jacksonville, Florida on a full tank.
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  4. Checkers on September 25th, 2009 4:56 am

    Of course it could! If it was packed away on a container ship or on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
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  5. Rapid Fire on September 25th, 2009 5:34 am

    Only if you had a grapple to snag a jet passenger plane with. Bring oxygen and long-johns with you when you try it though.
    Oh; and hang on tight – it might get a bit bumpy in that jet wash.
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  6. richard b on September 25th, 2009 5:49 am

    no way a cessna 172 can fly for 3000 miles in one hop, unless you can pack a bunch of fuel in the airplane. and since the cessna cruises at about 120kts, you are in for a long flight assuming it could carry enough fuel for the flight.
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  7. Jeremy H on September 25th, 2009 6:27 am

    No it can’t.
    Unless the whole airplane becomes a big fuel tank itself.
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    Commercial Pilot

  8. Ian M on September 25th, 2009 6:32 am

    Well a Cessna 172 holds the world record for the longest continuous flight. It was about 57 days. The aircraft was refuelled by passing up cans of fuel from a moving flatbed truck. So, if you position fast boats at the right places it could be done, at least in theory.

    Very dangerous but not actually impossible.

    Ian M
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  9. Techwing on September 25th, 2009 7:06 am

    No. With extra fuel tanks, it could, but not with just the standard tanks.
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  10. Skyhawk on September 25th, 2009 7:34 am

    As is? No.
    The 172 holds 52 gallons of fuel (depending on the specific model.) 50 of which is usable.

    At cruise, it will use, a minimum of 10 gallons per hour.

    So, realistically, it will fly about 5 hours before it runs out of gas.

    At 120kts, that would get you about 600 miles.
    Which could be a little longer or shorter depending on the wind.

    You could add axillary fuel tanks in the back (behind the rear seats).
    But, due to weight and balance restrictions, you could probably only carry another 10-20 gallons.
    References :
    Pilot

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