as diverse as its
Storied pioneers include subchasers,
Candy aerospace educators,
a master mechanic, space shuttle pilot,
Thunderbirds and a Rhodes Scholar
By Jennifer S. Kornegay
Then-Air Force Academy cadet Hila Levy
prepares for a parachute jump, part of her
training at the academy.
44 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
or 75 years, Civil Air Patrol has proven itself prepared, capable and dependable, drawing on skills,
readiness and vigilance rooted in the spirit of members in every state. They represent virtually every walk of life
and come together to volunteer their time and talents for the
betterment of their communities and their country. The sum
of diverse parts is strong.
In the three-quarter-century existence,
though, some individuals rise above and stand out, even in
crowd of excellence. As CAP celebrates its 75th anniversary, appropriate to recognize and remember some of its
most accomplished members.
CAP was officially founded Dec. 1, 1941,
and its creation from an initial idea,
through detailed planning, all the way to
reality hinged largely on the drive of one
man: Gill Robb Wilson.
The pilot and desire to mobilize and use the energy of everyday Americans in what he
rightly believed was a coming war motivated him in 1938 to
create what was initially called Civilian Air Defense Services
with the help and support of other concerned citizens. By late
1941 his fledgling program had evolved into Civil Air Patrol,
a nationwide group bringing the civilian aviation
resources and civilian pilots together to form a key component
of the war effort.