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Fast Facts About Civil Air Patrol



Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation

  • The Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force
  • More than 60,000 members, including 26,000 cadets ages 12- 21
  • Eight geographic regions, 52 wings, 1,700 units
  • National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 160 support staff
  • World’s largest fleet of single-engine, piston aircraft
  • Nation’s most extensive communications network
  • 1,000 emergency services vehicles


  • 100 aerospace education workshops each year
  • Aerospace classroom materials, grades K through college
  • Nation’s premier annual aerospace education conference


  • Multi-step leadership training
  • Cadet glider and powered orientation flights, flight training scholarships
  • International Air Cadet Exchange program


  • 95% of nation’s inland search and rescue
  • Average over 100 lives saved per year
  • Aerial reconnaissance for homeland security
  • Disaster-relief and damage assessment
  • Transport for time-sensitive medical materials
  • Counterdrug missions
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