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 8/20/2019

1901The Wright brothers leave Kitty Hawk, N.C., at the end of their second season of testing gliders and return to Dayton, Ohio. (F&F)
1908The Wright Flyer built for flight trials before the U.S. Army arrives at Fort Meyer, near Washington, D.C., eight days ahead of schedule. Before trials begin, tests to check transportability, another stipulation, start. (F&F)
1910The first U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Curtiss himself. (F&F)
1913French aviator Adolphe Pégoud carries out the first parachute descent ever made whereby the parachute is deployed before the pilot leaves the airplane. (F&F)
1919The first regularly scheduled passenger service by airship begins in Berlin with a Zeppelin LX 120 Bodenese. (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 8/20/2019

1910At Sheepshead Bay Track near New York, Lt. Jacob E. Fickel fired the first shot from an airplane with an Army Springfield .30 caliber rifle.
1953Strategic Air Command moved the 31st and 508th Strategic Fighter Wings from Turner AFB, Ga. to Nouasseur AB, French Morocco, and Lakenheath, England during Operation Longstride. In Phase I, eight F-84 Thunderjets from the 31st used three KC-97 air refuelings to reach Nouasseur in 10 hours, 20 minutes. The 31st returned home on Sept. 2. Phase II also started today as 17 F-84Gs from the 508th flew 4,485 miles to Lakenheath. With three air refuelings, these F-84s traveled the greatest distance flown nonstop to date by single-engine jet fighters. The unit returned to Turner AFB on Sept. 12. For this operation, the 40th Air Divison earned the Mackay Trophy.
1955At Edwards AFB, Calif., Col. Horace A. Hanes, director of flight testing at the Air Force Flight Test Center flew an F-100C to an FAI speed record of 822,135 mph for straightaway flight. He later received the 1955 Mackay Trophy.
1962In an X-15 flight, Maj. Robert A. Rushworth participated in the first successful attempt to telemeter electrocardiogram.
1973Airlifters from Military Airlift Command, Tactical Air Command and Air Force Reserves airlifted 2,400 tons of relief supplies and equipment to Pakistan for flood victims.
1975The 320th Bombardment Wing at Mather AFB, Calif., received the last short range attack missile.
1990More than 15,300 reservists, roughly 22 percent of the reserve force, volunteered to serve in Desert Shield.
1995After the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. launched more than 75 Tomahawk land-attack missiles from ships and submarines against terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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