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 11/21/2019

1783The 1st free or untethered human flight takes place when Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier flies as high as 500 feet and travels 5 miles over Paris in a Montgolfier hot-air balloon. (OTM)

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 11/21/2019

1957The DOD announced that the first intercontinental ballistic missile base would be built at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
1961The U.S. Air Force launched Midas IV, a heat-sensing satellite designed to detect missile launchings, from Point Arguello into a 2,100-mile circular orbit. As a part of the controversial Project West Force, the satellite ejected a package of several million copper wires to form a reflecting belt in space to aid radio communications. These wires failed to disperse as planned.
1961U.S. Air Force crewmembers fired their first Titan when the 6555th Aerospace Test Wing launched a test missile on a 5,000-mile flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
1962After an initial airlift effort from Nov. 2-14, U. S. Air Forces in Europe dispatched C-130s to India to assist Military Air Transport Service in Operation Long Skip, which continued through Aug. 1963. The airlifters carried 20,000 passengers and troops, along with 25,000 tons of supplies and equipment to the area.
1969A Thor-Delta rocket pushed a Skynet communications satellite for the United Kingdom into orbit. The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Organization developed the satellite for the British government.
1970U.S. Air Force and Army task force volunteers tried to rescue American serviceman from the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp 20 miles west of Hanoi. Brig. Gen. Leroy J. Manor commanded the operation while Army Col. Arthur D. Simons led the search-and-rescue team. The prisoners had been moved elsewhere.
1994Air Force and NATO aircraft bombed Serbian targets to retaliate for a Serbian attack on Bihac. The raid was the largest NATO operation to date.
1994During Project Sapphire, three C-5s from the 436th Airlift Wing carried nuclear technicians, equipment, and 1,300 pounds of highly enriched uranium from Kazakhstan to Dover AFB, Del., to protect the nuclear material from terrorists, smugglers and unfriendly governments. The U.S. convoyed the material to Oak Ridge, Tenn., for conversion into commercial nuclear fuel.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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