Air patrol: Eye in sky, classroom on ground

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Posted: October 12, 2013

The Winchester Star

A 2005 Cessna 182 belonging to the Civil Air Patrol takes off from Winchester Regional Airport during a recent exercise. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
CAP Senior Airmen Cadets Dyllan Gillespy (left), 16, and his brother Seth, 14, of Front Royal raise the American flag outside the CAP hangar at the Winchester airport.
CAP Maj. Al Bergeron of Winchester is the squadron commander of the Winchester Composite Squadron. The organization provides emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
CAP Col. David Crawford of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., prepares to fly a mission from the Winchester airport. Crawford is the North Carolina wing commander.
Civil Air Patrol member Jay Langley of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., performs a preflight fuel check at Winchester Regional Airport on the 2005 Cessna 182 airplane he was planning to use during a tri-wing exercise involving members from Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)


For more than 70 years, members of the Civil Air Patrol have helped people in need, whether they’re lost hikers or victims of fires or floods.

Winchester’s division of the CAP — called the…

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