ABOVE: Members of the Civil Air Patrol, from the Florida Wing and the Orlando Cadet Squadron, visit the Kennedy Space Center.
There have been several Civil Air Patrol units in the Orlando area over the years including the McCoy Cadet Squadron, Orlando Cadet Squadron, Central Florida Composite Squadron, Seminole Cadet Squadron and Osceola Cadet Squadron.
One of the Civil Air Patrol’s missions is to support search and rescue and disaster relief efforts. I was a member of the McCoy Cadet Squadron in the mid 90’s and participated in a number of disaster relief and search and rescue training exercises while I was a member. One such exercise involved a simulated crash at the Orlando International Airport where cadets were dressed as casualties, complete with fake blood and wounds. The highlight for the cadets was being transported by air to the local hospitals.
ABOVE: This is the Bravo Flight of the Orlando Cadet Squadron SER FL 242 just before they took their first flight on an Air Force C-130 belonging to the 920th Rescue Squadron out of Patrick Air Force Base. All 18 Cadets were given a flight over the restricted airspace of the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Station for almost an hour. This is part of the Air Force’s outreach to the Auxiliary and especially the cadets who can learn so much about our armed forces in particular and aviation in general. The 920th Rescue Squadron is the Air force Squadron which is responsible for rescuing any Astronauts from an accident during the launch of the Space Shuttle.
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