April 7, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol named its newest squadron the “George H. W. Bush Composite Squadron” at a ceremony in College Station, Texas, at the end of March.
“We were delighted that President Bush has agreed to lend his name to our fledgling squadron,” said Lt. Col. Don Wheeler, squadron commander.
One other CAP squadron bears a president’s name. The Independence Composite Squadron in Independence, Mo., was renamed the Harry S. Truman Composite Squadron in 1973. CAP’s 52 wings consist of more than 1,600 units nationwide.
The George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron will use a new unit emblem that incorporates elements taken from events in the life of President Bush.
Organizers of the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., need to raise $500,000 by Dec. 15 to ensure they can insure the 2014 event.
Military demonstration teams will return to the airshow circuit in 2014, budget uncertainty notwithstanding.
Up against an international field peppered with full-time military pilots, the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team made an impressive run on home turf.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.