* Mass. Conference

Plymouth Composite Squadron

Serving southeastern Massachusetts

Plymouth C.A.P. takes first place in aerospace education competition

Cadets from the Plymouth-based Civil Air Patrol won first place in Aerospace Education at the Massachusetts Wing conference held at the Sea Crest Resort in Falmouth last Saturday (March 20). The Pilgrim Composite Squadron bested 29 units from throughout the state. Representatives from other New England states, New York and New Jersey and officials from the U.S. Air Force also were present.

Cadets attending the conference were: Steve Donaghey, Alex Currie, Nathan Cristofori, Adam Woodworth, Mark Marani, Tony Tassinari, John Yaeger and Robert Yaeger. Cadets who contributed to the project but were unable to attend were: Josh Nathan, Jeff Tassinari, Brett Gorky and Adam Lanue.

The cadets' display, which earned 300 out of a possible 300 points, featured a 10-foot (cq) model of the Mercury Redstone rocket that propelled Alan Shepard into space. The exhibit also included several radio-controlled model planes, one of which carried video and still cameras.

Several high-level still pictures taken during a recent test flight were displayed and the plane, which was suspended from the ceiling, broadcast live video to a monitor on the show floor. When fully developed, this aircraft video system will be capable of aerial search and survey during conditions that would make use of manned aircraft impractical or unsafe, such as bad weather or rough terrain. With minor modifications, it also could serve as a flight trainer.

The Redstone rocket model was displayed at the Plymouth Airport Fun Day last September. Since safety is the top priority in all Civil Air Patrol activities, the planned rocket launch was cancelled that day because of dangerously high winds, but was successsfully carried out shortly after that event.

Major Robert Westfield, the Pilgrim Squadron commander, also was honored for outstanding performance in training. Major Westfield has lead the squadron for the past ten years.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxilary, is a nonprofit organization. It performs more than 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the continental United States. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to America's youths through C.A.P. cadet programs. The C.A.P. mission is to serve America by developing our nation's youth; performing local, state and national emergemcy and humanitarian services; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol programs, please call 1-334-953-5191 or visit the C.A.P. national website at www.CAP.AF.mil.

The Pilgrim Composite Squadron meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Airport Commissioners' building at Plymouth Airport on South Meadow Rd. Interested men and women of all races and religions are invited to visit. Membership is open to all adults and to youth in the 6th grade and older. Visit our website at www.PlymouthCAP.org.

Questions or comments? Please e-mail your inquiries to PilgrimCAP@aol.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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P.O. Box 000; Plymouth, MA 02360  (508) 747-0000