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 4/24/2019

1909Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy with King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy present. During one flight, a Universal News Agency cameraman accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. (OTM)
1911Lts. M. Longmore and C. R. Samson are the first British Royal Navy officers to qualify as pilots, after just two month's training. (AYY)
1917Lt. Col. William "Billy" Mitchell becomes the first U.S. Army officer to fly over German lines. (AYY)
1946First flights of the first Soviet designed and built jet aircrafts, MiG-9 and Yak-15, are made. A member of the company test team for the Yak-15, Olga Yamschikova, is probably the first woman to fly a turbojet-powered aircraft when she flies 1947. (OTM)
1946Winged Cargo Inc. opens an unusual freight service in which goods are carried in a Waco CG-4A glider towed by a DC-3. (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 4/24/2019

1929A 17-year old, Elinor Smith, set a woman's solo duration record of 26 hours, 21 minutes and 32 seconds at Roosevelt Long Island, N.Y., flying a Bellanca CH monoplane
1943The first class of women pilots graduated from U.S. Army Air Force flight training.
1945In his fighter bomber, Lt. Raymond L. Knight of Twelfth Air Force flew several low-level strafing missions in Italy's northern Po Valley. He destroyed 14 enemy aircraft and wrecked 10 others on the ground. In his final attack, Lieutenant Knight's plane was damaged so badly it was virtually inoperable. Realizing his unit's critical need for aircraft, he tried to return to base, but was unsuccessful. Lieutenant Knight ejected from his P-47, but his parachute failed. He died in the Apennines Mountains. He earned the Medal of Honor for his actions and sacrifice.
1962The U.S. Air Force used an orbiting satellite for the first time to transmit television photographs from Camp Parks, Calif. to Westford, Mass.
1967Eight F-105s attacked Hoa Lac Airfield, a North Vietnam MiG base. This first authorized attack against an occupied North Vietnamese air base under the restrictions imposed on U.S. air power destroyed 14 MiGs on the ground.
1990The U.S. Air Force accepted its first British Aerospace C-29A Combat Flight Inspection Aircraft from LTV's Sierra Research Division at Buffalo, N.Y. The C-29 would help the Air Force inspect and calibrate its air traffic control and landing facilities, replacing CT-39s and C-140s used for that mission.
1992Two Peruvian fighters attacked and heavily damaged an Air Force C-130 Hercules in international airspace. Capt. Pete B. Eunice, a 310th Military Airlift Squadron pilot, still managed a safe landing. For this effort, the C-130 crew earned the 1992 Mackay Trophy.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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