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Civil Air Patrol honors AOPA, EAA Civil Air Patrol honors AOPA, EAA

Association receives replica Congressional Gold MedalAssociation receives replica Congressional Gold Medal

Leaders from the Civil Air Patrol honored AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association for their mission and recruiting support July 25 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Leaders from the Civil Air Patrol honored AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association for their mission and recruiting support July 25 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

CAP was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in late 2014 for the organization’s efforts during World War II. The group is one of only a few government agencies ever to receive the prestigious honor. Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander, said CAP volunteers flew 86,000 coastal missions during World War II and covered 24 million miles.

In honor of the CAP’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the group wanted to honor AOPA and EAA for the many contributions the associations have made to CAP’s mission over the years.

AOPA President Mark Baker said he was honored to accept the award on behalf of the association and that “Our freedom to fly bonds all of us.”

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly

"Flight Training" Editor
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
Topics: EAA AirVenture, Pilots, AOPA

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