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Civil Air Patrol members experience C-17 simulator

posted Nov 16, 2016, 3:19 PM by Jacob Bixler   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 3:36 PM ]

Civil Air Patrol members experience C-17 simulator

MARTINSBURG, West Virginia – Twelve Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members of the Winchester and Martinsburg Composite Squadrons of Virginia and West Virginia Wings enjoyed the experience  of flying a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft simulator at the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing on November 9th, 2016.

United States Air Force 1st Lieutenant Noah England, from the 167th’s Airlift Squadron, guided the cadets as pilot in the simulator. Each member experienced taking off from the base,flying a local loop, and then landing again as co-pilot. Lt England coached andnarrated through each step of the process, explaining the different pre & post flight checks, as well as the various instruments and electronic systems referenced and used while in flight. The heads-up-display (HUD) was the most impressive component of the simulator, as it was important to adjust the contrast to view the full instrument panel while also being able to  see the “virtual skyline”  of Martinsburg, West Virginia below.

The local squadrons are thankful for their relationship with the 167th Airlift Wing. 
CAP cadets had previously toured the wing’s facilities during the summer and experienced a flight in July. It was a valuable opportunity to return to fly the state-of-the-art simulator. 2d Lt Ronald Caballero, from the Winchester Composite Squadron, commented, “The simulator was an incredible experience, especially for the cadets, to help motivate them to learn how to become pilots.” The members were offered the opportunity on behalf of the base from L-3 Communications, the manager and maintainers of the simulator at the airlift wing.

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total F

orce role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

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