The US Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official US Air Force civilian “home reserve” confirmed in 1948 by the US Congress, placed an order for 21 new Cessna Skyhawk 172 light utility aircraft on 2 February 2015.
The CAP has been buying Cessnas for 40 years, that are included in the fleet of 535 light aircraft, mostly Skyhawks and the Cessna Skylane 182 but it includes 46 gliders as well. These are supplemented by more than 4,000 aircraft of its volunteers. It’s a nice reserve that can be deployed for emergencies, with more than 34,370 senior members and about 24,500 cadets. They include 8,800 aircrew and 30,500 emergency responders trained to US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards.
“Our largest customer for single-engine piston aircraft,” says Joe Hepburn, senior vice president of Cessna’s division for this type of machine. “The men and women of the CAP are involved in search-and-rescue operations, disaster relief, flight training, youth development and in promoting aviation throughout the country. We are proud to provide them aircraft in support of their mission.”
Don Rowland, chief operating officer of Civil Air Patrol adds: “Flying high wing aircraft is very helpful in conducting photo reconnaissance flights for emergency service providers in the aftermath of disasters, and the Skyhawk and Skylane are perfectly suited for our needs.”
Since 1955 Cessna has delivered more than 48,000 Skyhawks, which has become one of the most popular aircraft of the world of all times.
Source: Cessna / Civil Air Patrol
Featured image: A Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 aircraft sits next to the runway at the regional airport just north of Altus AFB (Image © Kevin T. Chandler / USAF)