CAP photo by Connie Kid
Have you ever imagined flying in the blue sunny sky like a bird — soaring peacefully and quietly?
Three lucky cadets were able to glide with the Civil Air Patrol’s glider program.
Cadet 1st Lt. Phillip Moshenskiy, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Ella Brock, and Cadet Airman Bridgette Withrow of the Cleveland Composite Squadron asked if they could go gliding in Tullahoma.
The cadets waited a long time for the opportunity. Finally, the Tullahoma Composite Squadron offered the dream opportunity June 1.
Gliding helps build the cadet’s experience in aviation and better understand the works in flight.
It was Withrow’s first time flying. In one 15-minute flight, she learned how to use the controls and the rudders. She also learned about atmospheric conditions like thermals, ridge lift and wave lift for sustained flight.
“When I pulled the lever that let go of the rope from the powered plane, it was a fun, nervous, and exciting experience,” Moshenskiy said. “I enjoyed it very much, learning about aviation and spending time with my friends.”
Glider orientation flights, which are conducted all over the country with Civil Air Patrol, are local for wing level, so every cadet can have the experience.
It took almost the whole day for the cadets to get experience in gliding because of traveling, doing safety meetings, and preparations for the glider.
At the end of the day Senior Lt. Colonel Green asked Brock, “Was it worth it?”
She replied, “ Yes. Definitely. I would do it any day again!”
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force.
In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually.
CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
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