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Civil Air Patrol members fly on C-17 cargo plane

August 29, 2022

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (Aug 29, 2022) – Forty-nine Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from three different states flew on a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft courtesy of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard on August 25, 2022. 

All members processed through metal detectors and then proceeded to a passenger waiting area where they watched a history video about the wing. Colonel Bill Annie, 167th Mission Support Group commander, met with the group sharing about his Air Force career and his original roots in ROTC. 

The orientation flight departed from the base and flew down the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton 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. After landing, the group enjoyed lunch in the dining facility and then visited with airmen from different career fields across the base share about their experiences and careers in the Air National Guard.

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 Staff Sergeant Jude Patterson, from the Winchester Composite Squadron, commented, “The C-17 flight was an extraordinary, once in a lifetime opportunity, which provided a fun experience for myself and my fellow cadets.”

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