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Welcome to Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.   CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Civil Air Patrol’s Illinois Wing Statistics (2017)

Volunteer Members:

637 adult members

573 cadets

150 aircrew personnel

752 emergency responders

Total Hours Flown: 1,929.6               Aircraft: 10 Single Engine and 3 Gliders          Vehicles:  16

Volunteer Hour Valuation: $3,847,960      Cadet Flying: 568 flights

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