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Civil Air Patrol offers a unique way for patriotic citizens to serve their communities, states, and nation.



The history of CAP goes back to 1936 and includes members participating in WWII, working with Strategic Air Command, responding to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, to now with CAP being a part of the US Air Force Total Force.

Our members do a lot of interesting stuff. Read about some of it in our News section.

“There must be no doubt in the minds of out gallant women fliers that they are needed and, in my opinion, indispensable to the full success of the Civil Air Patrol organization. A great part of the progress made in organizing civilian aviation under Civil Air Patrol has been due to the volunteer help given by women flyers.”

Major General John F. Curry

“Nothing is as strong as the heart of a volunteer.”

General Jimmy Doolittle

“Offense is the essence of airpower.”

General Henry “Hap” Arnold

“Once they acknowledged that I was fully qualified they had no choice but to let me fly.”

Mary Feik

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”

Orville Wright

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.”

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

“To be absolutely alone for the first time in the cockpit of a plane, hundreds of feet above the ground, is an experience never to be forgotten.”

Brigadier General Charles Lindbergh

“Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.”

Robert Goddard

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the whole planet. I didn’t feel like a giant. It made me feel very, very small.”

Neil Armstrong

“The day has passed when armies on the ground or navies on the sea can be the arbiter of a nation’s destiny in war. The main power of defense and the power of initiative against an enemy has passed to the air.”

Brigadier General Billy Mitchell

“The first lesson is that you can’t lose a war if you have command of the air, and you can’t win a war if you haven’t.”

General Jimmy Doolittle

“Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.”

Amelia Earhart

“A bold, vigorous assault has won many a faltering cause.”

General Ira Eaker

“I never learned anything while talking.”

John Doe

General Carl Spaatz

“If you are going to use military force, then you ought to use overwhelming military force. Use too much and deliberately use too much; you’ll save lives, not only your own, but the enemy’s too.”

General Curtis LeMay

“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but its your personal example they will follow.”

General Colin Powell

“Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.”

Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

“There is no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

John Doe

General George C. Marshall

“Integrity is the fundamental premise of military service in a free society. Without integrity, the moral pillars of our military strength, public trust, and self-respect are lost.”

John Doe

General Charles A. Gabriel

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

John Stuart Mill

“We build and defend not for our generation alone. We defend the foundations laid by our fathers. We build a life for generations yet unborn. We defend and build a way of life, not the America alone, but for all mankind.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The power of excellence is overwhelming. It is always in demand, and nobody care about its color.”

General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr