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 9/15/2019

1784Italian diplomat, Vincenzo Lunardi, makes the 1st ascent in a hydrogen balloon in Britain. (AYY)
1904Wilbur Wright in the airplane Flyer II makes his 1st controlled half-circle while in flight. (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 9/15/2019

1925The first semi-rigid helium airship constructed in the U.S. is completed.
1938The U.S. Army Air Corps earned the Collier Trophy for developing the XC-35 with a pressurized cabin.
1939Jacqueline Cochran flew a Seversky Monoplane at 305.9 mph to set an international record for 1,000 kilometers.
1942Using Fifth Air Force transports, the 126th Infantry Regiment became the first U.S. infantry unit to reach Seven Mile Airborne, near Port Moresby, New Guinea.
1945The production contract for the JB-2 rocket ended after 1,391 rockets were delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces.
1948Maj. Richard L. Johnson set a 679 mph world speed record over a three kilometer course in a North American F-86A Sabre at Muroc Field, Calif.
1950The 27th Fighter-Escort Wing flew 180 F-84E Thunderjets from Bergstrom AFB, Texas, to Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, in this two-phased ferry mission to earn the Mackay Trophy. In Phase I, 90 F-84s left Texas, but due to mechanical problems only 84 landed in Germany on Sept. 18 after flying 5,858 miles in 16 hours three minutes of actual flying time (see Oct. 15 for Phase II).
1951The Department of Defense opened the Joint Parachute Test Facility with U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force units under the Bureau of Aeronautics at NAS El Centro, Calif.
1952The U. S. Air Force added weather reconnaissance over areas of joint air-ground operations to Tactical Air Command's mission.
1954A Military Air Transportation Service four-engine plane averaged 341 mph to set a transatlantic speed record of 11 hours 48 minutes for propeller-driven aircraft in a flight from Westover AFB, Mass., to Germany.
1956The activation of the 701st Missile Wing made it the first missile wing in the U.S. Air Force and U. S. Air Forces in Europe. It would be equipped with Matador missiles.
1956The 701st Tactical Missile Wing, scheduled to be equipped with the Matador cruise missile, activates under 12th Air Force at Hahn Air Base, West Germany. This is the first U.S. Air Force tactical missile wing.
1958Strategic Air Command's 42nd Bombardment Wing at Loring AFB, Maine, conducted a B-52 airborne alert test, named Head Start I, which lasted through Dec. 15.
1959In a tethered test, a full-size model Minuteman missile completed its first attempted launch from an underground launching pad at Edwards AFB, Calif.
1960Capt. William Habluetzel and Lt. John Hargreaves completed a 30-day, 8-hour simulated moon journey in a 12-foot by 8-foot long box at Brooks AFB, Texas.
1970The 13th Bombardment Squadron deployed to Ubon Royal Thailand AFB to use B-57Gs on night interdiction bombing missions. As part of the Tropic Moon III program, Martin modified 16 B-57B Night Intruders withdrawn from Vietnam service. Westinghouse Electric, Martin and Air Force Systems Command combined to give the -G model a true night bombing capability by designing the bomber to independently detect, track, and bomb ground targets at night.
1972The 42nd Bombardment Wing at Loring AFB, Maine, became the first B-52 unit with short range attack missiles to achieve operational status.
1979Eight C-130s from Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units in California and Wyoming flew 254 sorties to drop 732,000 gallons of fire retardant on fires in southern California through Sept. 22. This operation was one of the largest fire-fighting operations on record.
1981At Griffis AFB, N.Y., a 416th Bombardment Wing B-52G crew conducted the first air-launched cruise missile training flight.
1981The 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, Calif., received Lockheed's first TR-1A reconnaissance plane. It was an improved, bigger version of the U-2 that could fly at day and night in all weather above 70,000 feet.
1982From the 19th Bombardment Wing at Robins AFB, Ga., Capt. Robert L. Cavendish and his crewmen were on a B-52 training mission from Robins AFB, when their B-52G lost both rudder elevator hydraulic systems. Capt. Cavendish considered the runway, weather, and crew experience and decided to land the crippled B-52. For saving the aircraft, Capt. Cavendish and his crew earned the Mackay Trophy.
1987The U.S. Air Force redefined a base as "any installation that is a self-supporting center of operation." As a result, Arnold Air Force Station, Tenn., Los Angeles AFS, Calif. and Onizuka AFS, Calif. became Air Force bases.
1991A C-17A makes its first flight from Long Beach, Calif., to Edwards AFB, Calif. Capable of delivering outsized cargo in a tactical environment, the Globemaster III can operate from the same austere airfields as the C-130.
1993Boeing converted the first B-52H for conventional warfare missions at Wichita, Kan.
1995U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard aircraft flew 996 tons of relief cargo to the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Marilyn blasted the eastern Caribbean area. The C-17 made its first appearance in a disaster relief operation.
1996U.S. Air Force airlifters carried thousands of Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq to Andersen AFB, Guam, where they were processed for resettlement in the U.S during Operation Pacific Haven.
2001In the first five days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 35 Air National Guard fighter units supplied 603 sorties while the 18 ANG tanker wings flew 72 sorties to offload 3.2 million pounds of fuel during Operation Noble Eagle.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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