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Rhode Island Wing

Rhode Island CAP … citizens serving communities

The Rhode Island Wing spent 91 hours patrolling forest fires in 1949. The next year, aircrews flew nine emergency missions under adverse weather conditions, in one instance transporting a patient from Block Island to the mainland for an emergency operation.

In September 1960 some 150 members were put on standby for Hurricane Donna. They used mobile radios to conduct statewide weather reporting and advisory service.

The wing assisted in the hunt for a missing U.S. Air Force B-57 reconnaissance bomber in April 1966. The aircraft, on a training flight, disappeared after a distress call from the pilot. After eight days without leads, the fruitless search was canceled.

In the wake of hurricanes Bob and Grace in 1991, members flew the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to vital locations and transported food via ground vehicles. Relief missions followed a severe 1998 ice storm, with wing members also providing damage assessment and radio communications.

Wing members participated in the 1999 search for John F. Kennedy Jr.’s missing plane, responding within hours of notification. Authorities called a halt to the search after debris from the plane was discovered.

Along with the Connecticut Wing, members flew 12 sorties on Sept. 11, 2001. They delivered 3,000 pounds of blood and medical supplies, destined for Mount Sinai Hospital, to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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