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Wing members flew sorties, searched for missing persons and assessed damage after a tornado hit in 2002. Members were activated for twister response in 2006, and in 2008 the wing tracked a tornado from the air. When tornadoes tore through the South in April 2011, 50 members took part in relief efforts.

Twenty wing pilots flew 200 hours after Appalachian flooding in 1977. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a wing plane was first to land at New Orleans’ previously flooded Lakefront Airport. Flooding in September 2009 brought members together with Georgia volunteers. May 2010 saw more flooding near Millington, where the wing flew damage assessment sorties and searched for distressed residents.

The wing assisted in the search for an Air Force C141B that crashed in the Tellico Plains Wildlife Area in 1982, and members did so again in 1984 when an RF-4C went missing. When a forest fire ignited at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in 1987, the wing supported the park service, transporting water to the fire line.

After 12 canoeists went missing on the Cumberland River in 1994, the park service asked for wing assistance. The canoeists were found stranded within the first hour of the search and their location relayed to rangers on the ground.

In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wing members flew a real-time video camera system from McGhee Tyson Airport to Trenton, New Jersey.

Evelyn Johnson (right) enjoyed an aviation career spanning over 50 years. She was a life member of CAP and the Morristown Composite Squadron, which was often called the “Mama Bird” Squadron in her honor. With 57,620 hours Johnson accumulated more flying time than any woman in aviation history and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her other honors included being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, and the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in Sevierville.
Evelyn Johnson (right) enjoyed an aviation career spanning over 50 years. She was a life member of CAP and the Morristown Composite Squadron, which was often called the “Mama Bird” Squadron in her honor. With 57,620 hours Johnson accumulated more flying time than any woman in aviation history and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her other honors included being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, and the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in Sevierville.
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