07:44 AM

Timeline Flight 17 -- Maule MT-7-235 Super Rocket

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 17th. Others will be posted every five days.

Maule MT-7-235 Super Rocket N136CP

  • Capacity: four to five
  • Length: 23 feet 6 inches
  • Maximum speed: 182 mph
  • Cruise speed: 160 mph
  • Range: 850 miles
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 feet

The Maule MT-7-235 is one of a large family of single-engine light aircraft  manufactured since the mid-1980s. Federal Aviation Administration officials call Maule Air, located near Moultrie, Georgia, the “Potato Head Factory” (after the Mr. Potato Head toy) because of the numerous options: You can put a lot of “faces” on the standard Maule “potato.” The MT-7-235 Super Rocket is a high-wing, strut-braced STOL (short takeoff and landing) monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage and uses the 235-horsepower Lycoming O-540 six-cylinder engine.

N136CP is flown by the New Jersey 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