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About the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary PDF Print E-mail
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The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP is divided into 8 geographic regions and 52 wings with over 1,700 units throughout the country and abroad. As the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, CAP executes over 90% of all federal inland search and rescue missions. CAP also runs the foremost youth leadership development program in the country - the CAP Cadet Program.

CAP National Headquarters

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The Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters (NHQ) is located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

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WWII photo of women CAP membersCAP chasing German WWII sub

Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America's coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, making CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.


High angle rescue Honor guard at cemetery

As chartered by the United States Congress, the Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions:

  • Emergency Service
  • Aerospace Education
  • Cadet Programs


Cadet competition drill team

For a quick snapshot of CAP's assets, see the CAP Fact Sheet (2006).

  • 57,000 Volunteers
  • 540 Aircraft
  • 950 Vehicles
  • 4,500 VHF Radios
  • 1,250 HF Radios
  • 188 Chaplains

Annual Report to Congress

CAP Annual Report to CongressDownload CAP's 2006 Annual Report to Congress for a summary of activities and statistics for last year.

Some statistics from the 2006 report:

  • Total Members: 55,889 (MN: 1,258)
  • Lives Saved: 58 (MN: 2)
  • Hours Flown: 108,726 (MN: 4,658)

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 February 2008 23:55 )