Reach for the Sky
Aerospace Education is
key mission for CAP
By Sheila Pursglove
hen Civil Air Patrol got underway in the 1940s,
its mission included aerospace education, cadet
programs and emergency services.
AE gained added urgency in 1957 with the launch of the
Soviet Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. The space
race was on.
While America has more than held its own, in past years
only a small percentage of U.S. students were drawn to
crucial STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) subjects and aviation and space careers.
CAP has succeeded in helping change that landscape.