What is the Civil Air Patrol today?
The Civil Air Patrol is the official civilian auxiliary of the
The Civil Air Patrol is a private, nonprofit, civilian corporation and, by Congressional charter, is the official auxiliary of the
For the past 60 years, CAP has aggressively performed its missions:
Emergency Services - CAP performs Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and disaster relief, provides assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for transportation of personnel, rescue equipment, blood donations, etc., ...
Cadet Programs - A comprehensive program for youth (12-21) that includes teamwork and leadership-building activities, aerospace education, physical fitness training and testing, moral leadership, orientation flights as an introduction to flying, plus training and participation in Emergency Services Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX's) and actual missions.
Aerospace Education - CAP educates its members and the general public about aviation and aerospace. Grant money and educational material packages are available to public schools, please contact us for further information.
CAP is a non-profit civilian organization, however, as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, it comes as no surprise that it is organized along military customs, courtesies and grade/rank structure.
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded on
Above - The flight-line at Coastal Patrol Base 17, located at what is now Gabreski-Westhampton Airport, and operated between July 1942 and August 1943.