Civil Air Patrol

Martin squadron visits National Museum of the Air Force

Middle River, Md. –  Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron toured the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Members spent a full day visiting the museum, which covers three large aircraft hangar sand over 360 static displays of aircraft and aviation history. The visit also included a large outdoor static display featuring Air Force aircraft from the last few decades, including a C-17 that appeared in several major motion pictures.

The museum also has an outdoor memorial park, to honor Air Force-associated units and people for their courageous service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom. Members had the opportunity to view several IMAX movies. One movie, “Restorers,” featured several B-17 aircraft that were part of the Doolittle Raiders that flew over Japan in 1942. The aircraft have been restored and maintained for many years,and were a part of the 2013 Doolittle Raiders reunion at the museum.

At the end of the day, members visited the Wright Brothers memorial, just outside Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The Wilbur and Orville Wright invented and built world’s first successful airplane and made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. The first milestone in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program is named after the Wright brothers.

External Aerospace Education activities are part of the Aerospace Education Excellence program that started in 2008. Martin Squadron has received the award since the program started.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions forA merica for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.

Nearly 1,700 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions or the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories.Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at or visit our Facebookpage at

The Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 1845-2100 at Martin State Airport.For information, visit


This article was published in the CAP Volunteer Magazine.

It was also published on Patch.

Our Facebook page includes many additional pictures from the trip.



Originally posted Apr 27, 2014, 9:59 AM

Lt. Col. Christopher Roche,CAP
Squadron Commander

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron