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 19th. the remaining two will be posted Nov. Nov. 26 and Dec. 1, respectively. .

Gippsland GA-8 Airvan N613CP

  • Capacity: eight
  • Length: 29 feett 4 inches
  • Maximum speed: 150 mph
  • Cruise speed: 138 mph
  • Range: 840 miles
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 feet

The Gippsland GA-8 Airvan is a single-engine utility aircraft manufactured by GippsAero (formerly Gippsland Aeronautics) of Victoria, Australia. The GA-8 was designed for use in remote areas and austere airstrips for such tasks as passenger services, freight, observation and search and rescue operations. Its design emphasizes ruggedness and ease of use. The GA-8 is powered by a single Lycoming IO-540 piston engine and can take off within 525 feet. Civil Air Patrol flies several Airvans for search and rescue operations as well as long-range disaster response and airborne damage assessment.

N613CP is flown by CAP, Alaska 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 
Maule MT-7-235 Super Rocket
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver