well as Schneider said.
flights are among the most
exciting facets of the cadet
In the Beginning
Early Cessna aircraft like the
pioneering Airmaster and other
small private planes were flown by
CAP volunteers on World War II
coastal patrols. Through the
and the fleet consisted of World
War II surplus L-4 Piper Cubs and
about 4,000 member-owned planes.
In 1952, the Air Force allowed CAP
to fly 332 post-war L-16 Aeroncas.
Later owned by CAP, these were flown
until about 1970.
In the early 1970s CAP began
equipping squadrons with corporateowned Cessnas, initially a total of 234
56 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
Cessna L-Aviation (non-airline) aircraft.
The first fleet purchase began in
the mid-1980s with about 100
Cessna 172s. Cessnas of that period
flew with civilian paint schemes for
By the early 1990s, CAP was
transitioning to Cessna 172s, 182s
and 206s as standard corporateowned aircraft.
After C-172R production renewed
in 1997, CAP bought 172s and
182s from manufacturing
facility in Independence, Kansas. The
planes featured a more powerful 180horsepower engine that worked well
in higher-terrain searches and with
three-member CAP mission crews.
CAP also is a leading customer for
the 230-horsepower Cessna 182.
Today, Cessna aircraft dominate the
CAP fleet, and CAP is one of the aircraft largest customers.
a relationship spanning
more than 40 years, we are proud that
CAP has chosen Cessna Skyhawks,
Skylanes and Stationairs to comprise
the majority of its 550-aircraft
said Doug May, vice president, piston
products, at Textron Aviation, the parent corporation of Cessna Aircraft Co.
our largest single-engine piston
customer, it is a testament to the
dependability and versatility of our aircraft that CAP continues to choose
Cessna products to fulfill its
Cessna aircraft high-wing
offers excellent visibility for search and
rescue and surveillance