William Taylor Bradford

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/"^i· ·"! A · · T^7"i i Z% ~i A^ly 11 Constantly CAP PLANES READY FOR TAKE-OFF « . . CAP officers prepare to leave on training flight By DICK STUART ' Every Sunday afternoon, wcatii- cr pci-niitting, Ihe Corpus Christ! Squadron ot the Civil Air Patrol lakes off on practice flights over the area. This unit, and the personnel of Group 22, which lias its'headquar- ters here, is made up o£ almost 100 local men who are on call 24 hours a day. Their job' is to he ready to search for any plane which may'have crashed in this territory. Rescue work and cooperation with'civil defense agencies are the prime purposes of the Civil Air Patrol. .This nationwide network o£ flying flying units :s made up of small planes and pilots who devote their time to making flying safer for both commercial and non-commercial non-commercial aircraft. In Ihe event of a national'emer- gency,-the CAP is expected to re der vital service in evacuation procedures, procedures, and in making surveys of damage done by atomic or hydrogen hydrogen bombs. Group 22, the local \\rnt o£ the CAP, has its headquarters at Cuddihy Cuddihy Field. Col. W. T. Bradford, group commander, has charge of this unit and nine squadrons in ihe area which extends from Cuc- ro to Raymondville. All lako' to Fly The personnel of the squadron here includes men from the Navy and civilian businessmen in the city. AH like to fly and all devote devote considerable time each week to advancing and expanding the activities of the CAP. In announcing plans for CAP participation in atomic tests, Har- Iqld L. Goodwin, Federal Civil !ense Atomic Test Director, recently recently said, "The aerial support provided provided by light planes operated by civilian volunteers is typical of the support the American people could expect from the Civil Air Patrol in .the event of a real emergency." Entire Hospital In a civil defense test program t , last summer, one CAP unit in Philadelphia airlifted an entire - field hospital .complete with 36 beds, two doctors, four nurses, portable operating table and a complete electric power plant. Small private planes ranging from cubs to four-place Navions were used exclusively in this test. With regard to air rescue work, Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Air chief o£ staff, recently cited the CAP and its more than -80,000 members for their "outstanding contribution" to aviation and national national security during 1954. Last year the Civil Ah Patrol flew nearly 60 percent of the number of the flying hours recorded by .ail participating agencies 111) search, missions. The CAP cooperates with the government's Air Rescue Service and in some cases the CAP coverage is such that no ARS planes are required in search missions. Col. Bradford, speaking for the CAP in this area says that his squadrons are adequately equipped to carry out any function that might be required of them. The units, he says, are constantly constantly training, expanding and carrying carrying out educational programs. BRIEFING ROOM ASSIGNMF.NT OF SEARCH AREAS .. » Col. Bradford briefs officers WHkoxiski, Prevail and Zictz ' ' HOSPITAL PLANE GIVEN TO CAP BY . , . Majs. Jack Humphries (standing) and Weld check repairs ·

Clipped from The Corpus Christi Caller-Times01 May 1955, SunPage 25

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Corpus Christi, Texas)01 May 1955, SunPage 25
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