Serves the needs of its communities, nation
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the wing teamed with the Connecticut and Rhode Island wings, flying 12 sorties and delivering 3,000 pounds of blood and medical supplies to John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. After deadly Hurricane Sandy in 2012, aircrews joined more than 100 aircrews from three Civil Air Patrol regions and flew photo missions covering more than 300 miles of eastern coastline for one of the largest aerial photo missions in CAP history.
Search and radio teams provided assistance after western Massachusetts suffered an EF-3 tornado in June 2011, with several aircraft at Southbridge Municipal Airport damaged. In 2010 the wing helped out after one of the worst floods in state history, when the Neponset River flooded both runways at Norwood Memorial Airport.
In July 1999 wing aircrews joined search and rescue efforts after John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Piper Saratoga crashed near Martha’s Vineyard, with the loss of JFK Jr., his wife and sister-in-law. After severe 1998 ice storms, relief activities encompassed mass care, damage assessment, radio communications and logistics. Following the “Blizzard of ’78” wing aircrews helped deliver almost 1,000 pounds of blood to Boston and also provided communications and ground support. The wing flew damage assessment sorties and transported U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel after Hurricane Grace in 1992.