The Cessna Aircraft Company
was an American general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Cessna produced small, piston-powered aircraft, as well as business jets. For many years the company was one of the highest-volume producers of general aviation aircraft in the world. The company was founded in 1927. It was purchased by General Dynamics in 1985, then by Textron, Inc., in 1992. In March 2014, when Textron purchased the Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft businesses, Cessna ceased operations as a subsidiary company and joined the others as one of the three distinct brands produced by Textron Aviation.