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    June 8, 2011

    FLORIDA -- The Charlotte County Composite Squadron, headquartered at Punta Gorda Airport, recently assisted a study to determine the extent of ecologic damage caused by the BP oil spill to Charlotte Harbor. Click here to learn more about the study and the coalition of organizations involved.

    June 8, 2011

    MARYLAND -- Dominic Dodson didn't leave his house empty-handed to go to the Carroll County Experimental Aircraft Association open house Saturday. With camera in hand, the 9-year-old went around investigating each plane, taking video and pictures when something interesting caught his eye. He's been a big fan of airplanes for...

    June 8, 2011

    NEW MEXICO -- A Civil Air Patrol wing recently received an “Excellent” rating for its performance on its U.S. Air Force mandated operations evaluation at Kirtland Air Force Base and throughout New Mexico. The evaluation tested the New Mexico CAP’s ability to perform Air Force assigned missions, such as homeland...

    June 8, 2011

    NORTH CAROLINA -- The engines of the 1941 Stearman open cockpit biplane roared as the crowd at the Western North Carolina Air Museum’s Air Fair Saturday turned their heads toward the sky. There was a flash of blue and gray as the plane descended toward the runway. The propeller churned...

    June 7, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started releasing more water from the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River. In that time, water levels have gone up in the Pierre and Fort Pierre areas. Thanks to Civil Air Patrol photos, you...

    June 7, 2011

    NEVADA -- Civil Air Patrol Capt. Bill Schroeder, the first Master Certified Flight Instructor in Nevada who has been flying in the Lake Tahoe/Sierra Nevada region for more than 25 years, recently pinned an article entitled “Escaping a Downdraft” for General Aviation News, a national website for pilots and aircraft owners....

    June 7, 2011

    GEORGIA -- Search crews found no survivors in the wreckage of a plane carrying four people that crashed atop a north Georgia mountain this week, a Civil Air Patrol official said late Wednesday. Maj. Paige Joyner of CAP's Georgia Wing said crews made the discovery after lowering a searcher by...

    June 1, 2011

    FLORIDA -- If you heard a thundering explosion across Southwest Florida in the early hours today, it was likely the re-entry of space shuttle Endeavour. “It’s a double boom,” said Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Bob Reiss. “It will probably sound like an explosion coming from the direction of Marco...

    June 1, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Residents may see fighters in the skies over eastern Massachusetts this morning, but there is no cause for alarm, the National Guard said. F-15s from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts National Guard in Westfield, will take part in an Alert Force exercise from 10 a.m. to noon, officials...

    June 1, 2011

    GEORGIA -- A search is under way in the North Georgia mountains for a plane with four people on board that was reported missing on Monday. The plane, a Beech 35, departed the Ellijay airport about 80 miles north of Atlanta around 8:30 a.m. Monday for a sightseeing trip. Maj....

    June 1, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- Deborah Kawaguchi held up a photo of her son, 1st Lt. Paul Kawaguchi, while the Rolling Hills Chorus sang the Air Force Song at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. Deborah Kawaguchi, a Civil Air Patrol major, was among about 300 who gathered Monday to mark Memorial Day among...

    June 1, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Coral Glades High senior Santiago Zerda was looking forward to taking on South Florida’s top adult runners in Monday's Memorial Day Classic 5K at Weston. When two of the best didn’t appear at the starting line, Zerda had clear sailing for a wire-to-wire victory over a field of...

    May 26, 2011

    ALABAMA -- Five educators from Shelby County took in a bird’s-eye view of thearea via Civil Air Patrol’s Teacher Orientation Program Flights for aerospaceeducation members. Maj. Ladde Mayer of the Central Alabama Senior Squadronpiloted the flights out of Shelby County Airport while other senior membersdiscussed aerospace-related topics with educators awaiting...

    May 23, 2011

    OKLAHOMA – Carissa Mason, who was named Mrs. Oklahoma United States for 2011 and will compete July 31-Aug. 5 in the National Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, is a Civil Air Patrol member, the Durant Daily Democrat’s profile of the local resident notes. Mason and her husband, Jonathan,...

    May 23, 2011

    CALIFORNIA –  The Amador County sheriff’s search and rescue team found the wreckage of a single-engine Lancair Legacy for which California Wing members had helped search since it was reported missing May 18, two days before the discovery, the Modesto Bee reports. The body of the pilot, Robert H. “Budge”...

    May 20, 2011

    WYOMING -- Wyoming Wing officials say the wreckage of a crashed singe-engine Bellanca 17 was found in Sweetwater County in the South Pass area, KCHY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cheyenne, has reported. Neither of the two Colorado men aboard the plane -- which flew out of Pinedale at 9 a.m....

    May 18, 2011

    OREGON -- A Cascadia zone earthquake and the tsunami it’s expected to generate was what it was all about Tuesday morning during an evacuation drill in Pacific City on the Oregon Coast. Nearly 100 volunteers and emergency responders, including volunteers with Civil Air Patrol, turned the little beach community into...

    May 18, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- A 29-county drill designed to test California’s response and recovery to major flooding in its inland regions began Monday and will last until Thursday. Butte County’s turn is today in the imaginary scenario, which has spring rains and snow melts inundating much of the landscape between Bakersfield and...

    May 17, 2011

    LOUISIANA -- Louisiana Wing members are assisting the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Louisiana Army National Guard by providing high-resolution aerial photographs of the Morganza Spillway. CAP has been requested to provide still photography of the Interstate 10 basin area for any debris buildup and...

    May 16, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- An important piece of history is now proudly displayed at the Air Victory Museum in Lumberton. On Saturday, a 9½-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center was unveiled and displayed in an illuminated case in a ceremony that began with a Civil Air Patrol flag raising...

    May 16, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- Recognizing the service and support of the Central Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 290, cadets of Civil Air Patrol’s St. Cloud Composite Squadron served nearly 300 meals at the VVA’s annual fundraiser recently at American Legion Post 428 in Waite Park. The squadron has been assisting at the...

    May 16, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- A plane crashed before 5 p.m. Saturday on Route 62 in Limestone Township near Tidioute. According to the Warren County 911 Center, the plane crashed with two people on board. It also caused a small fuel leak. The two patients were transported to the Warren Hospital then to...

    May 16, 2011

    TEXAS -- On Friday, four pilots from the Texas Civil Air Patrol’s San Antonio squadron manned the controls to take off and land the planes whose one-hour flights took 18 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets over Rio Hondo High School and Port Isabel. The program is the...

    May 16, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Reedsville resident Kevin Weaver and the remainder of his Civil Air Patrol Pennsylvania Group 5 Drill Team experienced the agony of defeat at the Northeast Regional Competition in Massachusetts, but not before they endured a long journey of dedication, which culminated in a united group of young cadets....

    May 13, 2011

    OKLAHOMA -- The Muskogee Nighthawks Squadron is kicking off fundraising to purchase wreaths as well as to pay to construct a new facility. Wreaths Across America is a national event giving the public the opportunity to attend wreath-laying events and purchase wreaths. The local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol,...

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