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The Civil Air Patrol has, for more than 50 years, performed the missions Congress mandated in 1946: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. The Wright brothers flight started an era which kindled a love of flight that continues still today. The second world war showed how important a role aviation would play in the future and the leaders of our country saw the importance of stimulating public interest in aerospace education. Civil Air Patrol, as the official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, was most suited to perform this function. Their efforts focused on two different audiences - CAP members and the general public.

Civil Air Patrol has more than 53,000 members: 34,000 in senior-member and 19,000 in cadet programs. They come from all walks of life from police chiefs to schoolteachers, from big cities and small towns. They have a common bond in that they want to be involved in their community -- they want to
help others -- and they share a love of aviation.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol, contact Westover Composite Squadron on Tuesday
evenings, 6pm to 8pm at (413) 557-3502, or National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol at 1-800-FLY-2338
or visit the website below.

"Cadets at the Massachusett's Wing Encampment 1997 after flight instruction"


High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr.

U.S. Air Force Song Lyrics