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Wyoming Wing

Wyoming CAP often called to search for lost

Overseeing a vast area, Wyoming Wing activities have involved blizzards, bombers and births. In the fierce winter of 1949, the wing helped in aerial mapping and observing storm-locked areas, dropping food, feed, fuel, machine parts, medical and other supplies.

When a January 1977 snowstorm in Cheyenne interrupted ambulance service, CAP used four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist 57 people over two days, including saving two lives and delivering of a baby. CAP joined a June 1943 search by the 2nd Air Force Search and Rescue unit for a crashed B-17F near Casper Army Air Field and participated in the 1997 search after an A-10 Thunderbolt broke from formation and later crashed near Eagle, Colorado. In 2011, the wing searched for four planes that crashed in the Wind River Mountains, none with survivors.

In 1987, wing members saved two people missing for three days in isolated mountain country when their truck got stuck in snow. An aircrew spotted the truck and one of the men waving from a cabin; a rescue party of four-wheel drive units was dispatched and a snowplow and snowmobiles mobilized. In 2012, the wing rescued four men stuck in a snow bank en route to ice fishing near Casper; a CAP aircrew spotted their truck and rescuers towed it out.

The Wyoming Wing often searches for overdue snowmobilers and also performs flood and wildfire reconnaissance.

Members of the Wyoming Wing were called to help search Bomber Mountain, a 12,288-foot peak in the Big Horn Mountains, when a B-17F was reported missing 40 miles northwest of Casper Army Air Field on June 28, 1943. Part of a search conducted by the 2nd Air Force Search and Rescue unit, the wing’s efforts were focused on a 100-mile radius from the Casper Army Air Field. Wreckage from the plane (above) was found 110 miles northwest of the air field.
Members of the Wyoming Wing were called to help search Bomber Mountain, a 12,288-foot peak in the Big Horn Mountains, when a B-17F was reported missing 40 miles northwest of Casper Army Air Field on June 28, 1943. Part of a search conducted by the 2nd Air Force Search and Rescue unit, the wing’s efforts were focused on a 100-mile radius from the Casper Army Air Field. Wreckage from the plane (above) was found 110 miles northwest of the air field.
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