Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol's Firelands Composite Squadron in Norwalk had the opportunity to fly with an instructor pilot in a CAP glider. A glider is a plane that has no engine, so it needs to be towed aloft by a powered aircraft. Once released, gliders can soar on thermals that are created by the heating of the earth's surface, often remaining in the air for hours.
After his first glider flight, C/Bas Joseph Kreglow said: "It was kind of scary taking off. But it was nice and smooth after we released. Overall, it was great. I can hardly wait to do it again."
C/SSgt Francisco Martinez added, "It is an experience which cannot be explained in words. You have to try it yourself. This is one of many activities which CAP offers."
Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, non-profit, service organization. The unpaid professional adult and cadet volunteers perform more than 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP is also actively involved in disaster relief, assisting with the flooding in Findlay last month.