Civil Air Patrol celebrates Aerospace Day with a week of Open Houses across the state
February 10, 2019
FRANKFORT, Ky. –
What is Civil Air Patrol (CAP)? It is flying, a Cadet Program, Search and Rescue missions, and Aerospace. It has been a vital part of the community since 1941. When the soldiers went overseas during World War II, Civil Air Patrol patrolled our coast in their personal aircraft protecting our country. Volunteer pilots and crews spotted 173 U-boats and attacked 57of them off the shores of the United States. While CAP pilots don’t carry depth charges anymore, they are still flying and serving our communities.
Civil Air Patrol is having a week-long Open House event that highlights CAP’s Aerospace Education Program in celebration of the Governor’s proclamation of Aerospace Day.
The Aerospace Program provides many opportunities for adults and youth to experience everything from rocketry, quadcopters, astronomy to flying in CAP aircraft.
In addition to aerospace, CAP inspires youth to become the next generation of leaders in its Cadet Program. The program centers around its core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect for ages 12-18. They have the opportunity to develop a passion for flying, leadership, cybersecurity as well as many other careers that they are exposed to while serving their communities.
In Emergency Services, both cadet and adult members train for disaster relief, search and rescue, and humanitarian missions. They develop skills in radio communications, first aid, and train to help our community in a state of crisis.
There are seventeen squadrons that are participating in a Statewide Aerospace Day Open House from March 4-13. Please visit www.kywg.cap.gov/aerospace-day/ for more information.
Civil Air Patrol offers teens and adults with experiences that build skills while serving their community.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information