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    July 29, 2016

    It was a bustling scene as volunteers searched the heavily wooded area and shoreline of Crookneck Lake for missing Elk River resident Glenn Hoppe Thursday morning. Nearly 150 trained search and rescue members, including members of the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol, meticulously combed the rural Motley area for any sign...

    July 28, 2016

    Having piloted his own planes for years and soared through space in “Star Wars,” actor Harrison Ford takes to the skies today with Jodie Gawthrop, a teenage aviator from Westchester, Illinois, whose essays earned her the opportunity to join the film star in flight. Ford will pilot this afternoon's flight, which takes place...

    July 28, 2016

    A game of cat and mouse between a 1,000-pound, high-altitude unmanned aircraft and a Civil Air Patrol plane is taking place thousands of feet above Hillsboro, North Dakota. It is part of a research project that aims to analyze imagery of crops taken at various altitudes. During operations by researchers at...

    July 26, 2016

    On Monday, the opening day of EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA president and Chairman Jack Pelton and AOPA president Mark Baker were presented with replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Civil Air Patrol. Maj. Gen. Joe Vasquez, CAP’s national commander, presented the replica medals to Pelton and Baker in...

    July 25, 2016

    Textron Aviation said the Civil Air Patrol has placed a 19 aircraft order for 17 Cessna Skylane 182T and two Turbo Stationair HD T206H single-piston engine airplanes. The Wichita-based company announced the order at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., which runs through Sunday. Textron Aviation said...

    July 25, 2016

    While skies were clear across much of the Triangle on Saturday, members of the North Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol responded to Hurricane Chihuahua — part of a statewide search and rescue exercise. About 14 aircraft and 100 Civil Air Patrol members, including those from the Raleigh Wake Composite...

    July 25, 2016

    About 40 Civil Air Patrol cadets and instructors from the St. Joseph, Cameron and Excelsior Springs areas toured the 139th Airlift Wing base at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri, recently to gain flying knowledge and see firsthand how an active air guard base fulfills its mission. Besides touring...

    July 21, 2016

    Capt. Larry Morgan has seen it time and again. A teenager joins the Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol cadet program, timid and reserved. Then, “six or eight weeks later, you go back and they’re teaching a class.” CAP's cadet program for middle and high school students has come to...

    July 20, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Picatinny Squadron visited Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, New Jersey, for the base Community Day. The young teens aged 14 to 17 manned an information table about CAP and then were invited to meet with Brig. Gen. Patrick W. Burden, deputy program executive officer...

    July 20, 2016

    Last week, 22 youth from 13 states learned to fly at the Rolla Modelers Association, located just off the Rolla National Airport in Vichy, Missouri. They were cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s Model Aircraft Remote Control Flight Academy. The cadets, from ages 13 to 20, took part in a National...

    July 18, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol’s Oregon Wing conducted statewide emergency training across the state. Aircrews from Medford and Grants Pass helped with the search for the missing plane off the coast of Brookings. On Sunday, they flew over Bend, Aurora and Medford airports. Their exercise simulated a 6.2 magnitude earthquake about 3.2...

    July 18, 2016

    A ceremony was held Saturday morning to dedicate a bench in Rochester, Minnesota, honoring four Air Force veterans. The honor bench stands near the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Among the four honorees includes Rochester local Stan Whiting, a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and a 44-year member...

    July 18, 2016

    The La Cross Composite Squadron held an open house Saturday morning to attract new members for its Civil Air Patrol program. The open house, intended to attract both cadets and senior members to serve the southwestern Wisconsin community, featured the unit's F-16 simulator, as well as a silent auction to...

    July 12, 2016

    Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search Monday afternoon for a missing U.S. Virgin Islands boater after he was found alive by local citizens in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan were contacted by a restaurant owner in Culebra Island, who reported that Alejandro Lopez,...

    July 12, 2016

    The Civil Air Patrol is looking for new cadets. That includes the Albany Composite Squadron in Georgia, who swore in a new commander, Lt. Col. Greg Frich -- a retired Marine -- on Monday night. CAP's cadet programgives hands-on aviation and military experience to young people from the ages of...

    July 11, 2016

    About 140 cadets from the Civil Air Patrol recently graduated from the week-long encampment program at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. A large focus of the encampment was aerospace education and flying. Cadets had the opportunity to learn from experienced personnel, both military and civilians. By mid-week, they began taking...

    July 7, 2016

    The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. celebrated its 40th anniversary over the Fourth of July weekend with a special evening event from the building’s steps leading to the National Mall. One of the guest speakers was U.S. Air Force Col. Nicole Malachowski, the first woman to...

    July 5, 2016

    Seventy five years ago, the world was at war. While thousands traveled overseas to fight, there were many who volunteered to protect America's coasts – and Civil Air Patrol was born. Although its mission has changed over the years and new technology has been added, the core of civil duty...

    July 5, 2016

    Federal aviation investigators are trying to find out what caused a deadly plane crash in the Everglades. Deputies say the wreckage of the Vans RV7 was found by the Civil Air Patrol on Monday around 7 a.m. just east of U.S. 27 – about seven miles north of I-75. “In...

    July 1, 2016

    Located on Illinois Route 16, Coles County Memorial Airport boasts not only an impressive steakhouse but, every summer, one of the most known glider academies throughout the nation. The Civil Air Patrol National Glider Flight Academy in Mattoon aims to promote aviation and leadership skills to youth from across the...

    June 30, 2016

    After nearly a week, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office has called off an around-the-clock search for 75-year-old Sanford Rice, who disappeared while hiking near central Oregon's Marion Lake. Undersheriff Jim Yon said Wednesday afternoon that 60 to 80 people have searched daily for Rice since last Friday afternoon. On Saturday,three planes from...

    June 30, 2016

    More than 50 Missouri Wing members — mission base staff, aircrew and ground teams — from across the state converged on Forney Field at Fort Leonard Wood last Saturday. The weekend event was an “Operations Evaluation” conducted by the U.S. Air Force. When the evaluation ended, the wing received a...

    June 30, 2016

    Sixteen-year-old Ada Short of Independence, Louisiana, is this week’s “Amazing Kid,” as selected by WAFB 9 News, the CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge. A cadet second lieutenant in Civil Air Patrol’s Tangipahoa Cadet Squadron, Short was nominated by her squadron commander, Capt. Larry Morgan. “She’s always going above and beyond:...

    June 29, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol cadets attending the West Virginia Summer Encampment received the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to ride in a C-130 military aircraft. “The cadets will get into the airplane, strap in, then [the pilot will] take them on a 45 minute to an hour flight around...

    June 29, 2016

    Over the past two years, the Whitfield-Murray Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron, GA-108 (Cobras), have conducted about 50 orientation flights, held three fundraisers, enrolled more than 30 cadets and senior members and had numerous training sessions. And on Tuesday, at Dalton’s National Guard Armory on Crawford Street, all that hard...

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