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 2/24/2018

1921Lieutenant William D. Coney completes a solo flight from Rockwell Field, San Diego to Jacksonville, in 22 hours and 27 minutes flying time. (AYY)
1931John Lankester Parker makes the first flight of the prototype Short S.17 Kent flying boat, from the river Medway in Kent, England. (AYY)
1940The 2,000-hp prototype Hawker Typhoon fighter makes its first flight in England. (AYY)
1957Scandinavian Airline Services (SAS) opens the first regular scheduled service from Europe to the Far East over the North Pole, with departure from Copenhagen, Denmark and Tokyo, Japan; the DC-7C aircraft will circle the pole en route. (AYY)
1983The youngest pilot known to have made a solo flight in a powered, heavier-than-air, flying machine takes to the air for the first time at age of 9 years 316 days. The flight takes place near Mexicali, Mexico and the aircraft the boy pilots is a Cessna 150. (F&F)
2011Final flight of space shuttle Discovery – ISS assembly flight ULF5, PMM Leonardo, ELC 4.

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 2/24/2018

1908The U.S. awarded its first airship contract to Capt. Thomas S. Baldwin.
1914Due to a large number of accidents and deaths, an Army board at the Signal Corps, Aviation School, San Diego, condemned all pusher airplanes. This recommendation basically condemned all Wright aircraft, which were all pushers.
1954President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved a National Security Council recommendation to build the Distant Early Warning line.
1958Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, said the Air Force wanted to establish a single tanker force to support all combat operations requiring air refueling.
1960A Titan I, launched from Cape Canaveral, flew 5,000 miles down the Atlantic missile range on its first full-range flight test. Its reentry vehicle landed in the target area, making the event highly successful.
1961Cape Canaveral launched the first Atlas E. It flew over 7,000 miles down the Atlantic Missile Range, using an all-inertial guidance system.
1966At Vandenberg AFB, Calif., two 341st Strategic Missile Wing combat crews fired two Minuteman I missiles simultaneously for the first time to examine multiple-firing techniques. This also marked the first salvo launch down the Western Test Range.
1967In an unarmed and unarmored O-1 Bird Dog aircraft flying near Di Linh in South Vietnam, Capt. Hilliard A. WIlbanks attacked a large body of Vietcong that had attacked a much smaller South Vietnamese ranger force. He used smoke rockets and rifle fire to draw enemy fire and interrupt its advance. He sacrificed his life to protect the withdrawing rangers, and was awarded a Medal of Honor for his bravery.
1969An enemy mortar shell strikes an AC-47 gunship on which Airman 1st Class John L. Levitow serves. Although seriously wounded, he ejects a smoking flare and becomes the first enlisted Airman to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.
1979An Atlas booster successfully launched Space Test Program Flight P78-1 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. As its primary payload, the spacecraft carried a gamma spectrometer sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
1984Gen. Charles A. Gabriel announced the selection of the F-15E as the next dual-role combat fighter. The U.S. Air Force planned to buy 393 aircraft with deliveries scheduled to begin in 1988. The Air Force, however, decided to continue testing on the General Dynamics F-16XL.
1984Military Air Command flew two C-141 missions from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Cherry Point, N.C., to support the withdrawal of U.S. Marines from Lebanon.
1991The ground campaign opened against Iraq. U.S.-backed coalition air forces flew 3,000 sorties in support. Previously, C-130s airlifted Army XVIII Airborne Corps elements from eastern Saudi Arabia to Rafha on the Iraqi border. Flying 300+ sorties a day at 10-minute intervals, the C-130s delivered 13,843 troops and 9,396 tons of cargo. Gen. Norman H. Schwartzkopf's "Hail Mary" maneuver allowed coalition forces to surround Iraq's Republic Guard. In 100 hours, continuous air attacks then allowed the coalition forces to overwhelm the Iraqi ground forces.
2001Lt. Col. Stayce D. Harris became the first African-American female to command a U.S. Air Force flying squadron, the 729th Airlift Support, at March AFB, Calif.

AFA Chapter 265 Important Dates 2017


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