When the aviation industry took a downturn, Cessna built pizza pans for Pizza Hut (the restaurant chain was founded in Wichita). The company also built furniture for a time, and during World War II sewed uniforms in addition to building aircraft.
The number of Cessna employees worldwide is 13,655.
Cessna didn’t just build piston-powered aircraft. During the Depression the company manufactured a glider to allow people to fly without having to spend money for fuel or engine repairs.