Plane crash kills CAP Mississippi Wing officers

From left, Col. John E. Tilton Jr., Lt. Col. David Williams and Capt. William C. Young.

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

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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

Manufactured in the Czech Republic by the LETECKÉ ZÁVODY Aircraft Corp., the L-23 Super Blanik is an all metal, two-seat, self-supporting, T-tail, high-winged glider with a retractable main wheel and a fixed tail wheel. Its one-piece canopy design allows for excellent visibility. It has a tandem cockpit with dual flight controls. Radios and flight instruments are available in both cockpits.

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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Senate passes CAP Gold Medal bill

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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 cadets pitch in to build first RAF Fire Hub

CAP Seminole Composite Squadron Cadets Gibson Eads, Nolan Eads, Luka Jurkovic, Nick Owen and Aaron Stalnaker hard at work bringing the SNF Fire Hub to lif

By CONNIE SUE WHITE

When Civil Air Patrol Seminole Composite Squadron Deputy Commander Kenny Eads asked a group of five cadets to volunteer for a unique mission, it caught on like wildfire. The assignment: build the first-ever Fire Hub on the SUN ’n FUN campgrounds.

Eads explained to the young men that it would the be the first of 50 Fire Hubs planned across the United States as part of the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s latest fund-raising initiative [Read more…]