CAP offered women a chance to contribute to the war effort at a time when they couldn’t join the military. Women like these Colorado Wing members, visiting the CAP-2nd Air Force Courier Station at Peterson Army Airfield in 1943, flocked to the new organization.
Coastal Patrol Base No. 17 members, based at Riverhead in Long Island, New York, drill by the base hangar circa 1942-1943.
A Kentucky Wing member helps gather emergency food boxes for distribution to victims of severe flash flooding in 1980.
U.S. Air Force Col. Eric Boe, a NASA astronaut who piloted Space Shuttle Endeavour in November 2008 and Space Shuttle Discovery in February-March 2011, traces his lifelong love for aviation to his days as a Georgia Wing cadet in the early 1980s. Boe received CAP’s top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in July 1983. He still serves as a CAP lieutenant colonel today.