FRANKFORT, Ky. –
What is Civil Air Patrol (CAP)? It is flying, a Cadet Program, Search and Rescue
missions, and Aerospace. It has been a vital part of the community since 1941.
When the soldiers went overseas during World War II, Civil Air Patrol patrolled
our coast in their personal aircraft protecting our country. Volunteer pilots and
crews spotted 173 U-boats and attacked 57 of them off the shores of the United
States. While CAP pilots don’t carry depth charges anymore, they are still flying
and serving our communities.
Civil Air Patrol is having a week-long Open House event that highlights CAP’s
Aerospace Education Program in celebration of the Governor’s proclamation of
The Aerospace Program provides many opportunities for adults and youth to
experience everything from rocketry, quadcopters, astronomy to flying in CAP
In addition to aerospace, CAP inspires youth to become the next generation of
leaders in its Cadet Program. The program centers around its core values of
integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect for ages 12-18. They have
the opportunity to develop a passion for flying, leadership, cybersecurity as well
as many other careers that they are exposed to while serving their communities.
In Emergency Services, both cadet and adult members train for disaster relief,
search and rescue, and humanitarian missions. They develop skills in radio
communications, first aid, and train to help our community in a state of crisis.
There are seventeen squadrons that are participating in a Statewide Aerospace
Day Open House from March 4-13. Please visit http://www.kywg.cap.gov/aerospace-
day/ for more information.
Civil Air Patrol offers teens and adults with experiences that build skills
while serving their community.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest
member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560
aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue
missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited
by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000
members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction
missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP
plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as
mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.