The C177 Cardinal is a light single-engined, high-wing general aviation aircraft that was intended to replace C 172 Skyhawk. First announced in 1967, it was produced from 1968 to 1978.
The Cessna 177 was designed in the mid-1960s when the engineers at Cessna were asked to create a "futuristic 1970s successor to the Cessna 172". The resulting aircraft featured newer technology such as a cantilever wing lacking the lift struts of previous models, and a new laminar flow airfoil.(wikipedia)