Led by writer-aviator Gill Robb Wilson, with the support of General Henry "Hap" Arnold, the Civil Air Patrol was created on Dec. 1, 1941--one week before Pearl Harbor.
For more than 50 years, CAP has performed three congressionally mandated missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services.
CAP is the civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and organized along military lines. There are more than 1,700 units; half of which have both senior members and cadets attached.
With more than 53,000 members, 535 light aircraft and an extensive communications capability, the CAP is fully equipped to complete its missions for America.