With war clouds looming at the end of the Great Depression more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born on December 1st, 1941, one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America’s call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Operating first under the Office of Civilian Defense and later assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.
Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.
Montana Wing Civil Air Patrol
P.O. Box 1887
Great Falls, MT 59403
1918 Missile Drive
Malmstrom AFB, MT 59402