CAP pilots volunteer for ‘target’ pratice

It’s a beautiful day to be flying your Cessna above Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore, taking in the view of the Chesapeake Bay, when — out of nowhere — an F-16 fighter jet suddenly pulls up beside you because your plane has no business being there.

Charlie Martinez, Rick Mickerand Robert Bolling know the feeling. Recently the trio — MITRE colleagues and members of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron — flew a CAP Cessna 182 to pose as intruders in restricted airspace. In effect, they were targets, giving U.S. Air Force Air Defense F-16 fighter pilots charged with defending Washington, D.C. a chance to practice their intercept procedures.

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Plane crash kills CAP Mississippi Wing officers

JACKSON, Miss. – A plane crash here Tuesday evening killed three of Civil Air Patrol’s Mississippi Wing members – Col. John E. Tilton Jr., former member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors and Alabama Wing and Southeast Region commander; the Mississippi Wing’s standardization/evaluation officer, Lt. Col. David Williams; and Capt. William C. Young, finance officer for the Maj. James McKinnie Composite Squadron.

The Piper A-32 the three men were flying in crashed in a residential area shortly after takeoff about 5:10 p.m. from Hawkins Field Airport, according to authorities. The plane wasn’t part of CAP’s fleet, and the men weren’t on a CAP mission; they were headed to a FAA safety meeting in Raymond, Miss., about 30 miles away.

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CAP flying sorties from New England to West Virginia in wake of Hurricane Sandy

Civil Air Patrol wings in the organization’s Northeast Region made 16 flights Thursday and 20 more on Friday to continue assessing damage from Hurricane Sandy, with aircrews also looking for people possibly stranded in deep snow in West Virginia.

The flights follow 25 damage assessment sorties carried out Tuesday and Wednesday. The first aerial missions took place Tuesday as soon as winds subsided sufficiently, as aircrews photographed damage to the coastal areas of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, along with Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island and Rhode Island’s Block Island. CAP members also conducted flights over Maryland and Delaware in CAP’s neighboring Middle East Region, which includes West Virginia.

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Civil Air Patrol takes delivery of Air Force Academy gliders

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Twelve TG-10B (L-23 Super Blanik) gliders from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs now belong to Civil Air Patrol.

he recent Air Force transfer of the aircraft to CAP is a boost to the Air Force auxiliary’s glider program. It will allow the Air Force auxiliary to replace some of its older gliders and help modernize its existing fleet of 42 gliders, according to CAP officials.

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Sioux Falls men named to top posts in SD CAP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Two Sioux Falls men have been named to the top positions of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

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CAP sub chaser Vern Kramer passes away

World War II Civil Air Patrol sub chaser and South Dakota aviation legend Luverne “Vern” Kraemer passed away June 20, in Rapid City, S.D. at the age of 95. Kraemer is the last known CAP sub chaser in South Dakota.

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Top CAP cadets in spotlight at national competition

Civil Air Patrol cadets from across America gather in Dayton, Ohio, starting today for the 2012 National Cadet Competition, a prestigious CAP inspection and drill event that originated in 1947.

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Paying tribute to Mama Bird

An honor guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets will salute aviation legend Evelyn Johnson Bryan, known by all as “Mama Bird,” when she is laid to rest Wednesday morning in Jefferson City, Tenn.

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Senate passes CAP Gold Medal bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A major step in the campaign to secure a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing Civil Air Patrol members’ service to the country during World War II was taken May 11 when the U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 418, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

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CAP Squadron launches at high school on Sun ’n Fun campus

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) officially opened a Composite Squadron at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) on the Sun ’n Fun campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.

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