With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History, CAP national historian, on a special project — to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.

The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft Civil Air Patrol aircrews fly today. This is the final entry.

Cessna 182T Skylane

  • Capacity: four
  • Length: 29 feet
  • Maximum speed: 170 mph
  • Cruise speed: 167 mph
  • Range: 1,070 miles
  • Service ceiling: 18,100 feet

The Cessna 182T Skylane is a four-seat, single-engine, all-metal light airplane. Introduced in 1956, the 182 has been produced in a number of variants, including a version with retractable landing gear, and after the 172 Skyhawk is the second-most popular Cessna model still in production. The 182T has fixed landing gear and is powered by a fuel-injected 230-horsepower Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5 piston engine. It is the only variant in production. Civil Air Patrol’s Cessna 182T fleet with the Garmin 1000 glass-cockpit avionics system provides state-of-the-art capabilities for search and rescue, aerial surveys and future mission needs.

N643CP is flown by the Minnesota Wing.


Sikorsky S-39B
Stinson 105-10A Voyager
Beechcraft Staggerwing B-17L 
Waco YKS-6
Fairchild 24-C8F
Grumman G-44A Widgeon
Stinson SR-9C Reliant “Gull Wing”
Piper J3-65 Cub
Culver Cadet LCA
Ercoupe 415-C
Aeronca L-16A

Beechcraft T-34 A

North American AT-6 Texan
Beechcraft -45H Expeditor
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog

Cessna 310-E
Maule MT-7-235 Super Rocket
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
Gippsland GA-8 Airvan
Cessna 185 Skywagon