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 9/19/2020

1907The 1st piloted helicopter rises at Douai in France. Piloted by Volumard, it rises only about 2 feet and is steadied by men on the ground. It does not constitute free, vertical flight. (OTM)
1928The 1st diesel engine to power a heavier-than-air aircraft is flight tested in Utica, Michigan. (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 9/19/2020

1918Lts. Arthur F. Seaver and John Y. Stokes Jr, in a formation with five other bombers, went out on a mission from the 20th Aero Squadron. The other bombers turned back, but Lts. Seavers and Stokes went on to the target. Anti-aircraft fire hit their plane, their engine quit, but they glided over the target and dropped their bombs. They were attacked by an enemy fighter, but managed to crash in a forest inside allied lines. Both men later received the Distinguished Service Cross.
1950Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command began an airlift to Kimpo Airfield with 32 C-54s carrying equipment and supplies for ground troops. Supported by Fifth Air Force close air support missions, the 24th Infantry Division began crossing the Naktong River near Waegwan, and the 1st Cavalry Division broke through communist lines.
1958The Royal Air Force received its first Thor missile at Feltwell, England.
1960For the second time in four months, the U.S. Air Force flew an Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile over a 9,000-mile course from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to a predetermined landing area in the Indian Ocean.
1961NASA announced that the future Manned Spacecraft Center would be located near Houston, Texas.
1961The U.S. Air Force Semi-Automated Ground Environment System center at Gunter AFS, Ala., controlled the flight of a BOMARC B missile from its launch at Eglin AFB, Fla., to its interception of a Regulus II supersonic drone seven miles up and 250 miles away off the Florida coast. In the flight, the BOMARC successfully made a U-turn.
1969An F-4E flying near Edwards AFB, Calif., successfully air launched the first Maverick air-to-ground missile.
1972A Minuteman III completed its first operational test launch from a regular launch facility at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
1974The 165th Military Airlift Group at Savannah, Ga., flew the last C-124 in Military Airlift Command's Reserve Forces to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
1975Maj. George W. Larson of the 4200th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., became the first Strategic Air Command pilot to fly the B-1 bomber. Charles C. Bock and Richard Abrams from Rockwell also handled the controls during the flight.
1984A C-141 flew to Kinshasa, Zaire, in support of an AIDS research project conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Health. It carried three passengers and nine tons of medical supplies and equipment through Sept. 21.
2001The U.S. Air Force awarded a low-rate production contract for 10 F-22s to Lockheed-Martin.
2005At Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo., the 90th Space Wing held a deactivation ceremony to signal the phase out of the Peacekeeper weapon system from the Air Force inventory.
2006A B-52H flew a sortie using a blend of synthetic kerosene and JP-8 fuel in two engines and the conventional JP-8 in the other six engines. The test fuel was a 50-50 mix of traditional crude-oil and synthetic kerosene derived from natural gas. Air Force Undersecretary Ronald Sega flew aboard the flight to highlight the importance of the new fuel, which promised to reduce costs and greatly enhance deployability throughout the Air Force. The sortie ended early when the left wingtip landing gear failed to retract properly.
2006A combined Air Force Flight Training Center and Boeing test team flew the first flight of a MC-130 modified with a "glass cockpit" under the Avionics Modernization Program at the Kelly Field Annex, Texas. An AFFTC C-12 Huron flew safety chase for the flight.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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