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Civil Air Patrol and Air Force JROTC cadets fly on C-17 cargo plane

September 20, 2023

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (Sep 20, 2023) – Forty-eight Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and Air Force JROTC members flew on a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft courtesy of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard on September 14, 2023. The Civil Air Patrol members were from Winchester & Leesburg Composite Squadrons and the Air Force JROTC cadets were from Berkeley County Public Schools, West Virginia unit WV-071.  

All members processed through metal detectors and then proceeded to a passenger waiting area. Various members of the 167th Airlift Wing shared about their careers and why they joined the Air National Guard while the group was waiting to board the C-17.

The orientation flight departed from the base and flew around West Virginia (towards Morgantown) before looping back around to Martinsburg.

Cadets were permitted to walk around the aircraft and also sat briefly in the cockpit and chatted with the pilots during the flight. A select few cadets also experienced the take off and landings from the cockpit.

The activity was a great experience for the cadets that attended. Many flew on a C-17 for the first time and/or experienced flight on a military aircraft and will be treasuring this as a life-long memory.

Cadet Airman Basic Nathanne Morcelo said, "The only negative thing I have to say is, I wish the flight could have been longer!”




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