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The Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was founded on December 1, 1941. During World War II, CAP was assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Force. CAP pilots flew over five hundred thousand hours and were credited with sinking two enemy submarines, and rescuing hundreds of crash survivors. 

About the Program

On July 1, 1946 President Truman established CAP as a federally charted benevolent civilian corporation. On May 26, 1948 Congress passed Public Law 557, making CAP the official auxiliary of the new United States Air Force. CAP was assigned three missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. 

The Civil Air Patrol is a private nonprofit corporation. It is made up of civilian volunteers from all walks of life who are aviation minded people. Our three missions are: Emergency Services including search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. The Civil Air Patrol fulfills non-combat programs and missions of the Department of the Air Force. 

There are eight geographical regions composed of 52 wings: one for each state, and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Wings are divided into groups, squadrons and flights for a total of 1,900 units and more than 58,000 Cadets and Senior Members. CAP Corporation and its members own and operate more than 5,000 light aircraft (the world’s largest civilian fleet of aircraft) and volunteers fly about 140,000 hours each year on CAP missions. 

Long Island Group has a long history with CAP. At one time Nassau and Suffolk Counties each had their own Group. During the late ‘70’s or early ‘80’s the two Groups were merged to form what is now known as Long Island Group. Today there are seven (7) Cadet Squadrons, and one (1) Senior Squadron. There is a total of 369 members, which includes 194 Cadets and 175 Senior Members. 

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