1941 - present
In these photographs, Members of the Missouri Wing Civil Air Patrol drill and practice a simulated air crash in Greene County.
The Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally chartered auxiliary of the United States Air Forces. Founded in 1941, the CAP’s first missions were to aid in spotting enemy submarine and aircraft activity near U.S. coastlines. During the cold war, the CAP adopted its three core missions, to aid in emergency services, provide aerospace education, and provide cadet programs for training. The CAP was enlisted to fight the war on drugs in the 1980s and assisted with reconnaissance missions for law enforcement. The organization also partnered with the American Red Cross to fly organ transplants and human tissue for medical purposes. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CAP was the first to fly again in American skies when a Civilian Air Patrol Cessna 172 photographed the World Trade Center site.
The Missouri Wing has nearly 1000 members and is primarily stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base with 28 squadrons stationed in all parts of the state. They routinely train to aid in emergencies such as natural disasters and civilian air crashes. The organization works closely with the Missouri Air National Guard, as well as other state and national agencies depending on the mission and its objectives.
Date: 1941 - present
Contributing Institution: Springfield News-Leader
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