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Civil Air Patrol and Textron Aviation Special Missions Celebrate Long-Standing Relationship

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) celebrate the delivery of four Cessna Skyhawk, one Cessna Skylane and one Cessna Turbo Stationair HD aircraft in Independence, Kansas. The aircraft will join a fleet of nearly 550 Cessna aircraft currently owned and operated by CAP.

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Stacie Townsend, vice president Textron Aviation special missions program management passes the keys to Brig. Gen. Regena Aye, national vice commander Civil Air Patrol (Photo: Business Wire)

Stacie Townsend, vice president Textron Aviation special missions program management passes the keys to Brig. Gen. Regena Aye, national vice commander Civil Air Patrol (Photo: Business Wire)

In September, Textron Aviation was awarded a contract by CAP for the further acquisition of 15 Cessna piston engine aircraft. CAP agreed to purchase 14 Skyhawk 172S and one Skylane 182T aircraft.

“From search and rescue, to disaster relief and homeland security, the missions CAP undertakes daily are as broad as their footprint across the U.S. We are honored that Cessna aircraft continue to be the organization’s platform of choice for these crucial operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Missions Sales. “The Cessna piston aircraft fleet is renowned in general aviation for its operating costs, performance and durability, all important factors for an organization supporting a variety of communities throughout the country.”

As the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, CAP performs missions for government agencies, and as a non-profit organization they also serve states and communities. In 2022, CAP flew more than 100,000 hours and saved 151 lives, conducting Air Force-assigned missions as well as support for states and communities. CAP is the world’s largest Cessna piston aircraft operator.

“Civil Air Patrol is thrilled to welcome these new Cessna aircraft to the world’s largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft,” said Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, CAP’s national commander/CEO. “CAP is proud to continue to partner with Textron Aviation as we utilize their outstanding products in executing complex and varied missions for America.”

Endless Special Missions Possibilities

When government, military and commercial customers want airborne solutions for critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation. The company’s aviation solutions provide the high performance and flight characteristics required to address the unique challenges of special missions operations. With unparalleled quality, versatility and low operating costs, Textron Aviation products are chosen for air ambulance, ISR, utility transport, aerial survey, flight inspection, training and a number of other special operations.

About Textron Aviation

We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 95 years, Textron Aviation has empowered our collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our customers. With a range that includes everything from business jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special missions, military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170 countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and versatility, along with our trusted global customer service network, for affordable, productive and flexible flight.

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About Textron

Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit:

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellations or deferrals of orders.


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