Aerospace Education in CAP

Aerospace Education is a "CAP Mission," just like Emergency Services and Cadet Programs. The authority for Civil Air Patrol's Aerospace Education and Training Mission is derived from Public Law 476, signed on 1 July 1946. The law states the objectives and purposes of CAP are "to provide an organization to encourage and aid American citizens in the contribution of their efforts, services, and resources in the development of aviation and in the maintenance of air supremacy..." and, "to provide aviation education and training, especially to the senior and cadet members..."

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Ohio Wing Group VIII

There are 7 Units in the Columbus Ohio area that are part of the Group.

OH 291, Headquarters Group VIII, Columbus, OH


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Today in Aviation History 4/23/2018

1939The U.S. Civil Aeronautics Authority raises the eligibility age for obtaining a private pilot license to 18 years from the previous 16 years of age. (OTM)
1988The U.S. government's ban on smoking on flights of two hours or less goes into effect. "No Smoking" signs remain lit on 80% of domestic airline flights. Flight attendants are to be armed with gum and candy for those in anguish. (AYY)
1994Airbus delivers the first of 25 Airbus A300-600F dedicated freighters to the specialized package carrier, FedEx. This all-cargo version can carry up to a maximum payload of 120,855 lb over a range of 1,900 nautical miles. (AYY)

Air Force Association

The Air Force Association mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
  - EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  - ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  - SUPPORT the total Air Force family, and promote aerospace education

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CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​ CAP units compete with other CAP units as well as AF /Army/Marines JROTC and Nava Sea Cadets in the All Service Division.

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Today in Air Force History 4/23/2018

1912Lt. Col. Charles B. Winder, Ohio National Guard, became the first Army-trained Guardsman to qualify as a pilot.
1915Over Pensacola Bay, Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger set an American altitude record of 10,000 feet for seaplanes in a Burgess-Dunne AH-10.
1919Under Special Order 95, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, Lt. Col. Lewis H. Brerton, Lt. Col. John W. Reynolds, Maj. Melvin A. Hall, Maj. Carl A. Spaatz and Capt. Reed M. Chambers were rated military aviators for distinguished service in World War I with 75 percent flying pay.
1959A B-52 fired the first North American GAM-77 Hound Dog missile at Eglin AFB, Fla. The supersonic air-launched missile was designed to deliver a nuclear warhead to a target several hundred miles away.
1964The Department of Defense renamed the A-11 as the YF-12A, a fighter interceptor that did not enter the U.S. Air Force inventory. The U.S. Air Force later accepted a reconnaissance variant, the SR-71, "Blackbird."
1965The 1501st Airlift Training Wing at Travis AFB, Calif., received the first operational C-141 Starlifter.
1965The first operational Lockheed C-141 Starlifter aircraft is delivered to Travis AFB, Calif.
1970A C-130 dropped 16 million leaflets over North Korea in the first Focus Truth mission since November 1968. These Pacific Air Forces missions depended on rare southeast winds to ensure the proper distribution of leaflets.
1979The first B-52G modified for the air launched cruise missile program arrived for testing at Edwards AFB, Calif.
1980The Pacific Air Forces E-3A airborne warning and control system aircraft participated in the NATO Cloud Chorus exercise for the first time. The exercise occurred at Ramstein AB, Germany through April 24.
1991Donald B. Rice, Secretary of the Air Force, announced the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. He selected the Lockheed/Boeing /General Dynamics F-22 with the Pratt and Whitney F-119 engine.
2001The RQ-4A Global Hawk completed the first nonstop Pacific flight by an unmanned aerial vehicle. It flew from the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif. to Edinburgh, Australia, covering the 7,500 miles in about 23 hours. The flight demonstrated the Global Hawk's high-altitude, long-range capabilities.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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