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Wisconsin Wing

Known for support of EAA AirVenture Airshow

Founded in 1971, the weeklong Wisconsin Cadet Academy has trained more than 700 cadets in advanced leadership theory and skills. The Wisconsin Wing and its National Blue Beret cadets work at the annual Experimental Aviation Association AirVenture Airshow featuring over 10,000 aircraft. This mission, encompassing three sub-bases, over 200 members, at least five planes and over 20,000 hours, includes providing emergency services, guarding aircraft, directing aircraft to park, working in towers, checking tail numbers, ensuring safe runways and tracking emergency locators.

After tornadoes, the wing also performs aerial photography and damage assessment. In 2008 members helped track an incredibly vast tornado that destroyed more than 50 homes. Flood relief missions in 1969 included aerial surveillance, communications, levee patrol, evacuation of injured personnel and transportation of supplies and equipment. During the 1976 ice storms, members manned communications, provided house-to house assistance and delivered portable generators — some of which provided heat to save piglets. Members delivered dry ice for refrigerating perishables. A baby was born in a car used as an emergency ambulance.

In August 1990, Wisconsin Wing search teams located the site of the helicopter crash that killed guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn and others.

Pilots participated in a 2009 winter white-tailed deer survey. They had previously participated in a summer survey of fawn-to-doe and buck-to-antlerless ratios, with University of Wisconsin students conducting the survey from CAP planes flying at 1,000 feet above ground level near dusk.

CAP Capt. Patti Miara (right) tracks an emergency locator transmitter signal during the 2013 EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh while Maj. Terese Barta records the data.
CAP Capt. Patti Miara (right) tracks an emergency locator transmitter signal during the 2013 EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh while Maj. Terese Barta records the data.
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