Cessna Aircraft Company, like Piper Aircraft Corporation, rose from the dissolution of Travel Air Manufacturing Co. Cessna was an early adopter of militarization of their production line. Their contribution was mostly in the form of a two-engined light personnel transport adapted from their Model T-50. The T-50 had been designed to fit into the market niche below the Beech Model 18 — smaller, lighter, cheaper. Cessna was not one of the companies on the list being provided supplies of aluminum in 1941. In their case, this wasn't much of a limitation because they used steel, wood and fabric in their plane construction.

Cessna also produced CG3 and CG4 cargo/transport gliders — making good use of their skill with steel, wood and fabric — and subassemblies for the B-29 and A-26.