Aid & Service to Other Agencies
The Civil Air Patrol conducts humanitarian service
missions, usually in support of the Red Cross but also assisting the State of
Georgia and local municipalities. CAP aircrews transport time-sensitive medical
materials, including blood and human tissue, when other means of transportation
(such as ambulances) are not practical or possible. Following the September 11
attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City when all general aviation was
grounded, one of the first planes to fly over the destroyed World Trade Center
was a CAP aircraft taking photographs.
As a humanitarian service organization, CAP assists
federal, state and local agencies in preparing for and responding to
homeland security needs. In particular,
the CAP fleet is used in training exercises to prepare USAF pilots to intercept
enemy aircraft over the Continental United States. Civil Air Patrol aircraft are
flown into restricted airspace, where Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15
Eagle pilots may practice high-speed intercepts.
The Red American Cross, Salvation Army and other
civilian agencies frequently ask Civil Air Patrol aircraft to transport vital
supplies including medical technicians, medication, and other vital supplies.
They often rely on CAP to provide airlift and communications for disaster
High Resolution Airborne Photography
One of most "visible" missions are our capabilities in high-resolution,
real-time airborne photography, in which we
photograph floods, tornado damage, critical infrastructure and other areas of
interest to federal, state and local agencies. Click
here to learn more.
An Overview of the Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian
auxiliary of the United States Air Force. While the CAP is sponsored by the Air
Force, it is not an operating reserve component under the Air Force or the
federal government. CAP is a non-profit volunteer organization with an
aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds,
lifestyles, and occupations.
It performs three congressionally assigned key
missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and
ground) and disaster recovery operations; aerospace education for youth and the
general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has
recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions.