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Flying With the Civil Air Patrol

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Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol in our area have been showing off their skills to their colleagues in the Air Force since Wednesday.

There are some training missions that are just a lot of fun. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Phillips works in the Air Force but he's never flown in a glider plane by himself. So today he's paired up with a volunteer pilot from the Civil Air Patrol in our area to see what they can do. 

"When they go back, they say this is a worthwhile mission they're doing, the things they're doing is worthwhile and as a result of it we get more support from the Air Force," said Civil Air Patrol Pilot Major Mark Robinson. 

The Civil Air Patrol has a lot of different duties and one of the most recent ones is photography. Oftentimes they'll take pictures of natural disasters, fires, flooding, and even our most recent drought.

The gliders are more often used for ground support and and training. Flying for the Civil Air Patrol really opens a door for a future in aviation. Some say if you can fly a glider plane, you'll be a better pilot for powered planes too.

"For us to have an insight and a really good understanding of how they run their operations it really helps us do our job and make good use of tax dollars that are allocated," said Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Phillips. 

While the conference might be coming to an end the Civil Air Patrol's mission continues to take off. The liaisons from the air force will finishing their meeting on Friday. 

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