Bar Harbor Municipal Airport opened in 1934. In WWII it became a coastal patrol base and the Civil Air Patrol 'arrived in force' in August 1942. The US Navy replaced these men a few months after this colour slide was taken. Photo by: John Collier / Library of Congress
Six weeks after this photo was taken, the pilot of this aircraft lost control during step-taxi training on Seven Mile Lake due south of Big Lake, AK. This lovely little Beaver collided with the lake shore and some trees, and was substantially damaged. The aircraft was repaired but soon thereafter transferred to the US Department of the Interior. In June 2008 it was reregistered as N720. Note the "Civil Air Patrol - USAF Auxiliary" logo on the door.
Note the "Civil Air Patrol - USAF Auxiliary" logo on the door. The Civil Air Patrol was formed in December 1941 as a non-profit volunteer organisation, serving as the civilian auxiliary of the USAF. Among other services they provide disaster relief and search and rescue flights.
Delivered to the US Army January 7, 1956, this Beaver hit the civilian market in 1976 going to the Civil Air Patrol. CAP would later replace the two port hole windows with 6 enlarged cabin windows. N5342G suffered major damage February 20, 2009 crashing into trees on take-off just outside of Kenai AK. In 2012 the wreck was tendered for sale with the stipulation the aircraft remains be scrapped.