New Orleans- Members of the Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol assist with the 2011 N’AWLINS Air Show at the New Orleans Naval Air Station in Belle Chase, LA. May 7-8. The Alvin Callender Composite Squadron and the Pontchartrain Composite Squadron have volunteered to help set up the VIP sections tables and chairs. We will have a static display on the flight line and we hope to see you there. The Alvin Callender Squadron is located on the Naval Air Station Base in Belle Chase and the Pontchartrain Squadron is located at the VFW Hall, 1133 Hickory Avenue, Harrahan, LA.
The squadrons will also have a CAP Search and Rescue aircraft and a 15 passenger emergency services ground team van that is used in coordination with aircrews to locate downed aircraft. There will be cadet, 12-18 yrs., and senior, adults, members on hand to tell you all about the rewarding and exciting opportunities available in CAP. There will be displays on aerospace education, cadet programs, emergency services and brochures on membership, aviation and flight training.
The Navy base will celebrate the centennial of naval aviation with the Blue Angels and many other military and civilian aircraft. On 8 May 1911, Captain Washington Irving Chambers, United States Navy, officer in charge of aviation, prepared the requisition for the Navy’s first aircraft to be purchased from aviator and inventor Glenn H. Curtiss. The Navy has progressed forward to the Blue Angels F/A 18 Super Hornet. You can find more information on the air show at www.nawlinsairshow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug 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 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.