The CAP Board of Governors was established for new oversight of CAP administration and management. Members
included top Air Force officers, aviation industry executives and
senior CAP members.
Severe flooding in Minnesota, Oregon and Washington spurred
members of those wings to provide assistance to officials
and residents in devastated local communities.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Boe, whose
interest in aviation began during his
days as a Georgia Wing cadet, carried
the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award he
earned in 1983 with him into space
when he piloted Space Shuttle
Endeavour for its 16-day mission. Boe,
now a CAP lieutenant colonel in the
Texas Wing, returned to space a second time in 2011 as pilot of Space
CAP flew the first low-level fixed-wing aerial mission over
in Manhattan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A New York Wing aircrew provided high-resolution imagery of
the World Trade Center site and surrounding buildings for the
New York State Emergency Management Office.
CAP developed the Analytical Graphics Satellite Toolkit for
cadet education on satellite operations and orbital mechanics.
The system was later adapted to help automate aircraft
When Hurricane Sandy left much of the Northeast devastated,
73 CAP planes made 696 flights totaling more than 1,407
hours, with aircrews from the Great Lakes, Middle East and
Northeast regions covering more than 300 miles of coastline to
generate more than 158,000 damage assessment photos for
the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and
cell phone and radar forensics teams gained new
national prominence with their role in the searches for a missing plane in Idaho and a family of six stranded in Nevada.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner
presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol in
recognition of its distinguished service during World War II.
Also, CAP developed the Surrogate Unmanned Aircraft System
program, which allowed CAP aircraft to lock on and track other
aircraft using real-time motion video.
CAP flew 95 percent of all inland search
missions, saving 140 lives.
Flying CAP Cessnas converted into with a sophisticated hightech ball placed underneath the left
wing, CAP pilots began providing training for
military operators preparing for deployment.
The ball enables the Cessna to mimic
unmanned aircraft used to provide real-time
data to U.S. warfighters.
CAP began development of its ARCHER
(Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral
Enhanced Reconnaissance) system for use
in aerial search and rescue missions.
More than 1,800 CAP members generated a
massive multi-wing response in the wake of
hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia, Wilma and Rita.
Missions included high-tech mapping and
imaging of the devastated areas. Also, Maj.
Nicole (Ellingwood) Malachowski, a former
California and Nevada Wing cadet, became
the first female Air Force Thunderbird pilot.
10 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
CAP flew humanitarian relief missions in the aftermath of
severe floods in South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. As part of its
homeland security mission, CAP assisted in the seizure of $1.2
billion in illegal drugs. CAP operated a fleet of 550 powered aircraft, 55 gliders and two hot-air balloons.
After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sent
millions of gallons gushing into the Gulf of
Mexico, CAP assisted the federal and state
response by carrying out a 118-day mission
that involved some 150 members contributing
more than 20,000 man-hours to monitor and
photograph damage at the time, the largest
mission in the history.
The Michigan Amy Courter became
first female national vice commander
and brigadier general after her election by
the CAP National Board in August. Also,
CAP reconnaissance flights assisted in
the seizure of over $1 billion worth of
A team of cadets from three central Florida
squadrons took first place in the All Services
Division of CyberPatriot, the Air Force annual cyber security competition
for high school teams. The following year,
the team from the Colorado Springs Cadet
Squadron gave CAP two straight overall
CAP will complete its
75th year of service in
served over 300 million
Timeline copy written
by CAP National
History Program staff.