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 7/20/2019

1908Orville Wright warns Glenn Curtiss that the wing flaps used in the AEA's June Bug are an infringement of the Wrights' patent. (AYY)
1948Sixteen Lockheed Shooting Stars complete the first west to east transatlantic flight by jet aircraft. (AYY)
1969Neil Armstrong lands the lunar module Eagle on the surface of the moon. His immortal first words are, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." (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 7/20/2019

1918The 148th Aero Squadron began operations with the Royal Air Force in the field from Capelle Airdrome, near Dunkirk, England.
1937First shoulder sleeve insigna authorized for an independent American air unit, General Headquarters Air Forces.
1950Fifth Air Force F-80s shot down two enemy aircraft for the last aerial victories until November, a sign that U.N. forces had attained air superiority.
1955The NB-36H, with an atomic reactor, made its first flight without activating the reactor.
1960A 6511th Parachute Test Group C-130 dropped 40,500 pounds of cargo by parachute to set a new world record. The group, which belonged to the Air Research and Development Command, broke an earlier record of 35,000 pounds.
1962The U.S. Weather Bureau transmitted photos made by TIROS V of cloud formations west of Australia to Australia. This effort was the transmission of TIROS photos for foreign weather analysis.
1963During Operation Farm Gate, Capt. Warren P. Tomsett, under hostile fire, flew his C-47, the "Extol Pink," of the 1st Air Commando Wing to evacuate wounded soldiers from Loc Ninth Laos. Capt. Tomsett and his crew (Capt. John R. Ordenann, Capt. Donald R. Mack, TSgt Edsol P. Inlow, and SSgts. Jack E. Morgan and Frank C. Barrett) later received the Mackay Trophy for 1963.
1963The Air Force launched its 100th Agena missile.
1963The United Technology Center successfully fired the Titan III-C solid fuel rocket motor.
1964NASA's SERT 1 (Space Electric Rocket Test) marked the first operation in space of an electric rocket engine.
1966During early 1966, U.S. Air Force aircraft flew over 3,000 sorties per month. With lines of communication cut or disrupted, harassed day and night, the enemy concentrated on infiltration through the demilitarized zone. This gave birth to Operation Tally Ho, which scheduled 2,600 sorties a month above the demilitarized zone against the enemy.
1968The largest joint Army and Air National Guard field training exercise ever staged to this date within the CONUS began during Exercise Guard Strike II.
1969Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr flew the lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility, where Armstrong took the first step on the moon.
1970Electronics System Division at Hanscom Field, Mass., turned over the Compass Link photo relay system to the Air Force Communications System. Compass Link used three ground stations and two satellites to transmit exposed film from Southeast Asia to the Pentagon via electronic signals and laser beams.
1974The Thunderbirds made their first public demonstration with T-38 aircraft at the International Air Show at Everett, Wash.
1982The F-16E/XL made its first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif.
1987General Dynamics delivered the first of eight F-16C/Ds to Turkey from its Fort Worth plant. The next 152 F-16s would be built in Turkey under a special licensing agreement.
2002Five C-5s flew 23 combat missions from a forward operating location to Kandahar to redeploy more than 780 troops and 1,350 short tons of equipment from Canada's Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Regiment lasting through Aug. 2. The five C-5 aircraft, with three crews each from Travis AFB, Calif., and Dover AFB, Del. and a C-5 leadership package with a seventh aircrew and 44 maintenance personnel, operated from the same forward operating location as the 782nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. A 31-person Tanker Airlift Control Element from the 615th Air Mobility Operations Group supported the C-5s at Kandahar. This redeployment demonstrated that the U.S. Air Force's largest jet transport aircraft could successfully operate at a remote, austere airfield.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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