Historic ‘9/11’ Cessna for USAF museum

The National Museum of the US Air Force has received Cessna 172P N9344L, newly retired by the Civil Air Patrol.

After the ‘9/11’ terror attacks, this was the only civilian aircraft authorised to fly in and around New York City on 12 September 2001 when the airspace was otherwise closed to civil traffic, performing aerial photography of the area surrounding the destroyed World Trade Center as directed by the governor of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. N9344L arrived at the museum’s Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, home on 13 March and has gone on display in its Cold War gallery.

Ex-Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172P N9344L after its arrival at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Ex-Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172P N9344L after its arrival at the National Museum of the US Air Force. USAF

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