Volume 2, Number 8
Squadron Commander— Maj. Jim Gosnell Cadet Commander Capt. Cindy Bennett
Inside this issue: Commander’s Corner Calendar 1
COMMANDER’S CORNER . . .
Summer is almost over, but the mercury is staying near the top of the scale. Almost anyone down here can give a pretty accurate weather forecast. “High in the upper 90’s, high humidity, chances of afternoon thunderstorms, some storms may be severe.” This pattern is going to continue for a little while longer. Now is not the time to relax. You must continue to watch the weather to be safe. Morning temperatures are the lowest they will usually be for the day. If you can, try to get what you need to get done then. Afternoons can get a little tricky with the development of thunderstorms due to convective heating. These air mass thunderstorms can develop quickly and often move slowly dumping large amounts of rain in a small area. Precipitation can be intense. Lightning can be intense. Hail is possible. Tornado’s are possible with the larger storms. This is not the weather that you want to get caught in. Stay abreast of changing conditions. If you are outside you should seek shelter immediately. If you are driving, slow down and try to keep moving while not overdriving your visibility. Do not stop in a traffic lane or you may be struck from the rear. If you can not continue, pull over well off of the road. If you are flying, you need to have an alternate plan already in mind. Some storm lines may be too long to fly around. The aircraft we fly do not have the performance to fly over a thunderstorm. Do not ever try to fly under a thunderstorm, even if you can see clearly. The downdrafts are not visible. Recently I was on a flight to north Alabama. The weather was fine and the air was smooth. We landed to have lunch. When we returned to plan our afternoon flight thunderstorms were popping up everywhere. There were very few options that were available that would allow us to maintain at least 20 miles between storm cells. We had to wait several hours in order for the convection to calm down enough for the storms to rain themselves out. It was very inconvenient to have to wait, but it was the safe thing to do. Always allow plenty of time. Always have a back up plan. Do not get in such a hurry that you allow yourself to make an unsafe decision just to save some time. It is not worth the risk. Stay Safe, Jim Gosnell Commander A:118
Golf Tournament, 3 SUI’s, and New Deputy Commander PAO’s Corner— CAP at CHEAHA Safety Officer’s Corner 4
Standards and Eval 6 Cadet’s Corner 7
Advanced Technologies Becoming an Eagle Scout Promotions & Additions Did You Know? Aerospace Iron Man 2011 Veteran’s History Project Misc. Photos
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2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt, PAO and Newsletter Editor LTooney@cableone.net
“To serve America by developing our Nation’s youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.”
- CAP Mission Statement
Calendar . . .
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
4 Cadet Mt. 18:00 P.T.
8. Happy Birthday Rachel Shurbutt
9 Happy Birthday Greg Turley
11 Happy Birthday Ray Bennett Cadet Mt. BDU’s
18 Cadet Mt. 18:00 Dress Blues
25 Cadet Mt. 18:00 BDU’s
26 Happy Birthday Brenda Iddins
29 Happy Birthday David Taylor
September 2 Cadet Mt. 18:00 P.T.
Cadet Schedule and Uniform for August 2011:
August 04— P.T., Team Building (Dress—P.T.) August 11— Inspection, Leadership, Lab, Drill (Dress—BDU’s) August 18— Emergency Services, Character Development, Mentoring (Dress—Dress Blues) August 25— Current Events, Aerospace, AEX (Dress—BDU’s)
Sonny King Golf Tournament . . .
The Sunny King Charity Golf Tournament was held July 8 through July 10. We were asked to work at the Silver Lakes Golf Course. The weather was hot. The water was cold. The fellowship was great. Almost two dozen of our Cadet and Senior members braved the heat and worked shifts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday collecting score cards and posting scores for teams as they finished play. There were threats of thunderstorms, but nothing materialized. We are again very proud to have been able to assist in such a worthy cause.
S.U.I. Subordinate Unit Inspection
The Pell City Composite Squadron completed our SUI (Subordinate Unit Inspection) on July 23, 2011. We are graded every two years. Every aspect of our Squadron is evaluated. This year, we received an overall grade of “Successful”. We were also told that we had several items that were noted as “Commendable”. This is a very good grade. We will receive our detailed grade in the next few weeks and will begin working to make our Squadron even better! I would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to help us prepare for this inspection. You are the reason we are a success! Jim Gosnell
NEW DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR SENIORS
2Lt. David L. Taylor was recently appointed the position of DCS “Deputy Commander for Seniors’. David and his wife Beth are both members of our Squadron. David is a pilot and comes from a professional background. David brings a great deal of skill, experience, energy, and professionalism to this position. We are look forward to working with David. Please join me in congratulating David on this appointment. Jim Gosnell Commander
PAO’s CORNER . . .
CAP at CHEAHA
CHEAHA (Calhoun County Home Educators at Home in Alabama) invited our cadet squadron to their annual kick-off open house, August 2, 2011, at Camp Lee in Anniston. A table was set up with flyers, information, photos and a video of CAP activities for attending homeschoolers to become aware of Civil Air Patrol and our squadron. Quite a few contacts were made, and over 75 flyers were given out to those attending. A big “thank you” goes to Cpt. Cindy Bennett, Allaina Howard, Allison Howard, David Thompson, Noah Thomas, Brian Scott, and Alena Scott for giving their time to be present at the open house. They did a great job at presenting themselves in a professional light and were able to help answer many questions. There will be other opportunities in the near future to help with publicity of our squadron. When you can, volunteer to help in representing our squadron to the public so that they can be aware of our existence and the important role we serve in our communities.
2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt, PAO
WHERE TO FIND US ON THE INTERNET:
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A Yahoo Email group has been set up to make communication between members easier. Invitations were sent to all the cadet members. If you are not receiving updates and reminders from the Yahoo Group, you most likely are not a member of it yet. Please contact Beth Shurbutt at: LTooney@cableone.net and request that she add you to the group. You can also go to the Yahoo Group site and join:
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Safety Corner . . .
From Our Safety Officer . . .
I think that the last days of July and first few of August have convinced me that excessively hot weather is going to be the norm this summer, not the exception. I know that all of us in Alabama think that we know all about doing our normal work in hot weather because we face it so often. But that still does not make any of us immune to the effects of heat-related illnesses if we don’t follow some common sense rules of; head coverings, frequent breaks in the shade or a cool area, and lots of water (even before you think you are thirsty). FEMA gives us some guidelines relating to these types of illnesses and they run the gamut of: sunburn, which we all have dealt with; heat cramps, which can be painful but rarely serious; heat exhaustion, which can be very debilitating; to heat stroke, which can be fatal. In the interest of brevity, I will concentrate on the last two only: Heat Exhaustion exhibits the symptoms of: heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed. Weak pulse. Normal body temperature is possible, but will likely rise. Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and headaches are possible. Get the victim to lie down in a cool place. Loosen or remove clothing. Apply cool, wet clothes. Fan or move victim to an air-conditioned place. Give sips of water if victim is conscious. Be sure water is consumed slowly, a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Discontinue water if the victim is nauseated. Seek immediate medical attention if vomiting occurs.
Heat Stroke exhibits the symptoms of: high body temperature (105+); hot, red, dry skin; weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from a recent strenuous activity. Possible unconsciousness. Heat Stroke is a medical emergency, call 911 or EMT services immediately, delay can be fatal, and: Move victim to a cooler environment. Remove clothing. Try a cool bath, sponging, or a wet sheet to reduce body temperature. Watch for breathing problems. Use extreme caution. Use fans and air conditioners if available. Generally, giving the victim liquids is not recommended due the possibility of nausea.
I hope none of us experiences the above heat-related illnesses but a little preparation and knowledge never hurts. In my June newsletter article, I gave you some statistics on the Hurricane Center’s predictions for this season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Well, recently, the experts have revised their predictions upward slightly due to a weather phenomenon known as El Nino not developing as they expected. This only added one additional named tropical storm to the prediction, now it is 14 to 19 storms. Only five tropical storms have developed so far this season but that only intensifies the possibility from here on out. I am sure that you have all logged onto the www.fema.gov website or the www.noaa.gov web-site to get their recommendations on how to prepare for a weather emergency. Good! Now after preparing yourself and your family for such an event, as CAP members, you need to go one step farther. We all need to be thinking of what we need to do to be prepared to fulfill our CAP mission of helping others in the event our own damages are not major. If you are part of a ground team, for example, what personal equipment do you need to have at the ready in case you are called unexpectedly? The same goes for aircrews. Aircrews may be launched on missions that can last for a week or two and you will not have the luxury of lots of materials due to weight restrictions so you will have to choose your items very carefully. Enjoy your summer and STAY SAFE! Ron Harlan, Unit 118 Safety Officer
Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at - firstname.lastname@example.org
STANDARDS AND EVAL . . .
“It’s Not Just the Attitude, it’s the Altitude”
We have experienced some very high temperatures already this year and the calendar promises that more hot days are on the way. It is around this time each year that I like to remind all our pilots that we need to make certain that our aircraft can operate with the weights required for the mission in the temperatures of the day. It is imperative that you do the calculations to know whether the aircraft can clear and climb above all obstacles around the airports you will be operating from. Of course I am talking about the density altitude of a given airport at a given temperature. If you will take the time to do some calculations ahead of time it can come in very handy. It is just like knowing that with a given fuel load you can carry X number of passengers. That is the way density altitude works. If you already know the airport elevation you can be proactive and see how much runway and clear way you will need to operate the aircraft at full gross weight and at different temperatures. So, if your aircraft is not at gross weight you have just put in a cushion that you will have more than ample space to take off and clear all obstacles. By developing this proactive attitude you will be more proficient with the aircraft and know when you can and when you cannot operate from a certain airport. In summary, it really is both your attitude and the airports' density altitude that can make the difference of a safe flight. Fly Safe, Major Chris Iddins AL-118 Standard/Eval Officer
Looking for Writers!!!
The Flight Log needs writers who would be willing to submit articles that pertain to the mission of CAP. Cadets, we’d love to hear about your trips to WESS, Encampment, NESA, special training, volunteering ventures, etc . . . This applies to all senior members as well. Photos always add a lot to the articles. Please consider writing an article for the next newsletter.
Cadet’s Corner . . .
Have you ever sat and wondered where to start? That is where I am as I sit down to review the last two months of CAP for our cadets. As school ended and summer vacation began, it was time to start packing for the National Cadet Special Activities that also come with summer. If you had waited to sign up for one until school was out, you probably missed out on anything but Encampment. Even then we had seven cadets that attended the 2011 AL/MS Encampment held at Ft McClellan, Al. this year. Our squadron had the largest delegation of cadets to attend encampment. There were cadets represented from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee at encampment. They learned customs and courtesies, drill, and all kinds of “warrior knowledge”. Let’s see do you know who the SER Commander is, anybody want to guess? They also worked as a team to solve problems at the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC) in Pelham Range, and participated in the Fire Arms Training Simulators (FATS) also at Pelham Range. Anybody ever seen the movie “Stripes” and remember the obstacle course the recruits trained on. . . .our cadets also got to go through an obstacle course like that. Aerospace Education wasn’t forgotten either, we went to the Southern Museum of Flight and did hands on AE stations that consisted of rubber band rockets, an actual working hovercraft, a lunar landing construction project and air launched rockets. Days were long at encampment, reveille was at 0500 and lights out at 2200, but they were full of knowledge, training, and adventure. The pictures of the honor graduates appeared in last month’s newsletter and we are happy to say that Pell City Composite Squadron was well represented. Congratulations to all that attended 2011 AL/MS Encampment: Cadets Michael Norwood, Christian Norwood, Allison Howard, Allaina Howard, Noah Thomas, David Thompson, and Thomas Bracker. The fifth Thursday night of each quarter is designated Fun Night for our cadets and so on June 30, we visited the Anniston Bowling Center. This happened during the week of encampment so we didn’t have as many as usual participate. We did however have as much fun as usual. Again pictures from this night appeared in last month’s newsletter. The next scheduled fun night is Sept 29 and we hope to see everyone come and have a good time no matter what the activity will be. July brings a lot of hot weather and. . . The Sunny King Golf Classic. Again, this year we were invited to participate by taking up scorecards, checking players math skills, and entering scores into the computer. We surely appreciate this opportunity and want to thank everyone who made it possible. We thank each one who volunteered and want to recognize our cadets who helped. They were Cadets John Smith, Brian Scott, Alena Scott, Nathan Bedford, Michael Norwood and Christian Norwood. For the past three years Pell City has enrolled in the Aerospace Education eXcellence program. We have to do six Aerospace activities and at least a two hour Aerospace based activity in addition to our regularly scheduled AE core curriculum. The activities are fun and informational in nature and we finished this years program by taking a trip to the Southern Museum of Flight. After the trip to the museum we had lunch at Sam’s in Irondale and then a stop at the Bass Pro Shop to look for more ES gear to take to the next National Activity on the schedule which is NESA. As I write this, we have a bunch of folks at NESA serving as staff or taking some of the training offered there. Some of our members will be there for both weeks of NESA and some will only go for one week. From Pell City we know that the following members are participating: LTC. Tony Bedford, Maj John Randolph, Lt Eddie Shurbutt, Cadets Peter Randolph, Jerrod Finlay, Wes Morris, Nathan Bedford, Thomas Bracker, Christi Blankenship, Tiffany Chandler, and Rachel Shurbutt. Have fun everyone and learn a lot! We will look for your stories next month in the newsletter. We also have one cadet attending a National Cadet Special Activity in Colorado. That is Cadet Brian Scott who is at Advanced Technology Academy. It is being held at Peterson Air Force Base and we look forward to hearing about his training when he returns. We want to welcome our newest cadet member Zach Swafford and we look forward to having him at Pell City. Promotions for June and July are as follows: June 2 Cadet Thomas Bracker promoted to C/CMSgt June 3 Cadet Christian Norwood promoted to C/TSgt June 16 Cadet Rachel Shurbutt promoted to C/1Lt July 14 Cadet David Thompson promoted to C/A1C Congratulations to all these cadets on their achievements. GOOD JOB! Oh, by the way the answer to the question of whom the SER Commander is, if you guessed Lt. Col Alvin J Bedgood, you are correct. Did YOU get it right? ?????Trivia Question????? No trivia question this month due to the high number of people at NCSAs. Get ready for next month.
Cadet’s Corner . . .
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY
In July, I attended the Advanced Technologies Academy, directed by LtCol Mike McNeely. The ATA is a week-long course that teaches cadets about the different technologies that CAP uses. A typical day at ATA: Get up at 6:30, fall in for reveille, eat breakfast, then classroom work for a few hours. Classes early in the week consisted of different airborne technology training. The airborne technologies that we studied were: The GIIEP (Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation - Portable) system, the SDIS (Satellite Digital Imaging System), and the ARCHER (Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance) system. The GIIEP system is basically a video camera that streams live video feed to a ground station via a computer connected to the Sprint network. The GIIEP system also stores the video on the computer's hard drive. The SDIS is a digital camera that you use to take pictures of a target, then you would run the pictures through a processing program that stamps the pictures with a location and direction. The ARCHER system is an aerial imaging system that produces ground images far more detailed than plain sight or ordinary aerial photography can. It is the most sophisticated unclassified hyperspectral imaging system available. ARCHER can automatically scan detailed imaging for a given signature of the object being sought (such as a missing aircraft), for abnormalities in the surrounding area, or for changes from previous recorded spectral signatures. It has direct applications for search and rescue, counterdrug, disaster relief and impact assessment, and homeland security, and has been deployed by the CAP in the United States on the Australian built Gippsland GA8 Airvan fixed-wing aircraft. After that we did practical work. The practical work consisted of actually flying the sorties that used these technologies. Our evenings consisted of fun activities like swimming, Mr. Biggs arcade, and laser quest. Near the end of the week we toured the Air Force Academy and the AFA chapel. We also toured the Garden of the Gods. At the end of the week we learned about infrared cameras (IRC) and night-vision goggles (NVG). We used both on a ground team exercise. The IRC looks like a video camera but has no recording features. You point the IRC at a target, adjust the focus, and it shows you the targets heat signature in black-andwhite. If a target looks black on the IRC, then its giving off heat. Cool objects look white. NVGs don't work by heat like IRCs, but by ambient light, such as the moon and stars. On the last day of ATA, we had graduation. LtCol McNeely called us up and we received our ATA patch, certificate of graduation, and a group photo. I highly recommend attending ATA to anyone who is interested in learning about CAP technologies. C/1Lt Brian Scott
Cadet’s Corner . . . “Becoming an Eagle Scout”
On July 17th of this year, I became an Eagle Scout. I have been in Scouting since I was 11 years old, 6 years ago. It has been a great experience for me, and a lot of fun. Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn. What are the differences between CAP and Scouting you may ask? Civil Air Patrol trains both male and female cadets to prepare themselves to serve their country and become better people. They mainly focus on three things: their cadet programs, emergency services, and aerospace education. The Boy Scouting program is focused on helping boys build their character, grow up to become good citizens, and develop their physical fitness. Both organizations have a common goal, to prepare their participants to become better people and citizens for their country. Some of us CAP members may have heard that getting the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scout program is equivalent to getting the Billy Mitchell Award in Civil Air Patrol. From what I understand, the USAF views these to be equivalent. If you enlist with the USAF and you have either Eagle Scout or the Billy Mitchell Award, you start with the same rank and pay. What is involved in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout? There are seven ranks a scout can earn. These are the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. From the rank of Scout to First Class, a scout will work on various skills and go on many outings with the rest of his troop. From Scout to First class, there is no minimum time required between each rank, however the race is limited by the amount of time the scout takes to get his requirements completed. Once a scout has completed First Class, he will be working on the requirements for Star through Eagle. To get from First Class to Star, Life, and then Eagle, a scout must be active and serve in troop leadership positions for a total of 16 months. To get from Scout to First Class, a scout must complete 30 days of physical training, showing how improvement in all results at the end of the 30 day training period. They also must demonstrate skills and knowledge in first aid, learn how to orient a map and use a compass to navigate, pass the BSA swimmer test, demonstrate a line rescue in deep water, learn knots and how to whip and fuse a rope, participate in a class on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, identify native plants, work at least one hour on a service project, pitch a tent and do other camp activities such as cooking and building a fire, and participate in 10 troop/patrol activities outside of meetings. At least three of these outings must include camping out overnight. From Star through Eagle, a scout is required to earn merit badges, participate in service projects, and even develop and lead a service project of his own. The scout also must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges (out of over 100 available merit badges), including 12 “Eagle required” merit badges. The Eagle required merit badges must be earned by all scouts working on earning the Eagle Scout rank. These are the Eagle Required merit badges: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, Camping, and Family Life. Merit badges are mostly completed within the troop, with the scout working with his qualified merit badge counselor. However, many merit badges can be completed at what we call “merit badge days”, where a troop will host many merit badge classes on a weekend at a large facility and hire volunteers to teach the classes. Scouts can complete merit badges speedily in a class environment. To become an Eagle, a First Class scout mainly has to do service projects and earn merit badges, but this does not mean that the road ahead is going to be easy. The Personal Fitness merit badge requires a scout to go through a rigorous 12 week training period, charting data on his performance every day including times, numbers of repetitions, and heart rates. While working on that merit badge, I ran a mile(which for me was four laps up and down the hill on our driveway) many times a week, and on the days I rested from running I was riding either my mountain bike or road bike. The Cycling merit badge required me to ride many miles, including two 25mi rides and a 50mi ride, which required me to train for months, and was an achievement I was pretty proud of as a 12-year old. The Camping Merit badge can only be completed after a scout has camped out on 20 different nights, not including the outings done for 2nd Class and 1st Class requirements. After becoming a Life Scout, finishing the merit badges, and serving the minimum time in his troop, a scout must then do an Eagle service project. This involves finding your own project, making a written plan, getting approval from the local committee chairman and other important people involved in the project or the organization the project may be for, and carrying out the project as the director or leader of the project. My eagle project was to hold a poster designing contest for a Health, Wellness, and Disaster Preparedness Fair that was held on November 6th of 2009. It involved the work of St. Clair County High School students. I went around to many different high schools presenting the poster contest, and ended up getting enough posters to nicely decorate the walls inside the Pell City Civic Center for the fair. In the project I got to meet and work with principals in many local high schools and meet with the St. Clair County VOAD (Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster). I also learned how difficult it can be to get approval and do a project of this sort. The total number of hours I spent plus the hours other worked on my project was 242. Overall, the project was a success and a great learning experience. Over 2 million young men have earned the rank of Eagle Scout since Scouting’s introduction in 1911, or about 2% of all scouts. Through my experience in scouting, I gained valuable skills that I could use in Civil Air Patrol, including learning to work hard,
Cadet’s Corner . . . “Becoming an Eagle Scout” continued
be truthful, and function as a team. It took patience and perseverance to do the research, sit down for the classes and meetings, fill out all of the paperwork, and make corrections to my merit badges. I learned first aid skills which gave me a leg-up in Civil Air Patrol when I went to the basic and advanced courses at WESS (Wing Emergency Services School) and was tested on my knowledge and skills with some first aid and CPR skills. I had an idea from Scouts of how to work as a part of an organization, as a team. I learned how teamwork, always helping out, doing your part, will help everyone to become more accomplished and how my example will motivate others to be dependable and to work hard. Also I learned that feedback can be valuable to the organization and that everyone can have useful input that can present new ideas or new ways of doing things. In addition to the knowledge and skills, I have made strong friendships with others that were in the scouting program with me, friendships which will last for life. Scouting has been a great experience for me, and I will always cherish the memories and be grateful for the experience. Cadet Daniel Smith
Cadet’s Corner . . .
"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."
Congratulations David Thompson on your promotion!
NEW ADDITIONS . . . .
Cpt. Cindy Bennett welcomed her new Chevy Camaro, July 29. It weighed about 3000 pounds and is white in color! Congratulations, Cpt. Bennett!!!
Senior Member Ray Bennett and Cpt. Cindy Bennett, along with their family, welcomed their first granddaughter Rachel Maria, August 6, 2011. She weighed 9 lbs., 15 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. Maybe she will be a future CAP cadet!!!
Did You Know? . . .
Due to the fact that part of the following article was accidently omitted in the last newsletter, the entire article is being reprinted in this issue. Lt. Shurbutt has been very understanding and forgiving in this matter.
Did you know that whales can fly? I know that you have heard of flying monkeys, flying squirrels, and flying fish but, flying whales? That’s a little hard to believe but they have been flying for almost 60 years. Let me explain.
The Whale is the nickname affectionately given to the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. For many years it was the heaviest and largest carrier base aircraft. Hence the nickname “The Whale.” The A-3 was developed in the early 1950s by the US Navy. It was to be a long range, carrier based, strategic bomber, capable of delivering a nuclear payload. The aircraft was planned to operate from the proposed United States-class "supercarrier"s, much larger than existing carriers, and the specification set a target loaded weight of 100,000 lb with a payload of 10,000 lbs. Ed Heinemann, chief designer of the Douglas Aircraft Company, (who also designed the A-4 Skyhawk), fearing that the United States-class was vulnerable to cancellation, proposed a significantly smaller aircraft of 68,000 lbs gross weight, capable of operating from existing carriers. It’s folding wings and tail section help reduce the size aboard ship.
The Chief of Naval Operations officially requested the development of the aircraft in January 1948. The prototype XA3D-1 first flew on 28 October 1952. Eventually, 282 aircraft would be built between 1956 and 1961. The downsizing of the A-3 was probably a good idea since the mission of carrying a nuclear payload was scrapped and given to the soon to be developed A-5 Vigilante, which was supersonic. However, because of changes in policy and the Navy’s mission, the Vigilante also saw its mission changed. So what became the mission of the A-3? Well, I am glad you asked. Skywarriors saw some use in the conventional bombing and mine -laying role during the Vietnam War from 1965 through 1967. The Navy would soon use only more nimble fighter sized attack bombers over Vietnam, but the A-3 found subsequent service in the tanker, photographic reconnaissance, and electronic warfare roles. For most of the Vietnam War, EA-3Bs of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) flew from Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam, providing electronic warfare capability over the area, including the Ho Chi Minh trail and north to Haiphong harbor. The aircrew and ground support personnel were TAD from their home base at NAS Atsugi, Japan and after 1970, NAS Agana, Guam. VQ-1 also provided detachments of two EA-3B aircraft that deployed with Western Pacific and Indian Ocean (WESTPAC/IO) bound aircraft carrier battle groups up until the late 1980s when it was replaced by the ES-3A Shadow. There was also a detachment based at Cubi Point, Philippines until closed by BRAC.
If you would like to know more about the rich history of the A-3 Skywarrior (Whale), go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A3_Skywarrior and http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_125031634243303&ap=1 . You can also see some great video on YouTube. You may wonder why I chose to write about the A-3 this month. It just so happens that I was stationed in VQ-1 Guam, 1974-1976 and spent time at the Atsugi and Cubi Point detachments as well. I was a mechanic working on the A-3. I have recently connected with some groups of “Whalers” on facebook. I am sad to report that the last A-3 made its final flight Thursday, June 30, 2011. Even though they were officially retired in 1991, several aircraft companies had maintained a few privately. The last aircraft leased by Raytheon has now been transferred to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola FL. So now you know. Eddie Shurbutt, 1st LT
Trivia: What was the largest aircraft to land and take off from an aircraft carrier, and what was the carrier? Send your answer to: Shurbutt@cableone.net
Aerospace Corner . . .
In the world of aerospace news this month is of course the final mission of the space shuttle Atlantis and the end of the shuttle program. The mission designated STS-135 launched on July 8, 2011 and after taking needed supplies to the International Space Station returned to Earth on July 21, 2011. After decommissioning the Atlantis the shuttle will be put on display at the Kennedy Space Center. Plans are to suspend the Atlantis with its cargo doors open so that it appears to be in orbit around Earth. The exhibit is expected to open in 2013. Closer to home the Pell City Composite Squadron cadets took a field trip to the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham on July 21, 2011. If you haven’t been to this museum lately, you will be surprised by how it has grown. We were there three hours and only got to see the first level. We looked at exhibits about the history of aviation and its progression through the ages. We saw many examples of “firsts”, the first flight of the Wright Bros., the first deaf woman to be a pilot, and the first African American woman to become a pilot. The cadets visited the theatre where the history of the Wright Bros. was shown. They also enjoyed the flight simulators very much. There was a history of the Tuskeegee Airmen playing and a PBS presentation about the North Korean pilot who landed a MIG 15 at the South Korean airport of Kimpo AFB located in Seoul. It was a very good trip and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Ok, this paragraph is aimed at our Senior Members that have yet to take their Yeager exam. I just wanted to let you know that there are 5 hardback copies of The Journey of Flight in the ops room. Also as you go through professional development, when you are progressing through Level IV, under activities you are supposed to do a Public Presentation to a Non CAP group OR get your Yeager Award. So if you are not comfortable making public speeches or presentations this is another way to fulfill that requirement. Remember the test is online, is not timed, is open book, and goes through the material in the book chronologically. No excuses, get-er-done!
Iron Man . . .
IRON Man Competition 2011
This year's Iron Man Competition will be held a little earlier than normal due to a change in football schedules here at Auburn University. The dates will be Friday and Saturday, November 4th & 5th. As always, Friday evening will be your check-in time, in-processing, safety/ORM briefings, and the first part of the competition. Saturday, all day, we will continue the competition. We look forward to being able to get everyone out no later than 5pm this year, as some of the issues that kept us a little late last year have been addressed and tweaked. Things to look forward to this year: 1) New Friday night schedule and in-processing procedure 2) Completely new Compass/DF event 3) Me (as always of course) 4) Fantastic new run route with a lot of fun and difficult challenges along the way (I've already been on part of it...good stuff!) 5) What else could you be doing with your time? Re-lacing your tennis shoes?!? Checking the elastic in your socks?!? Get down here and have some fun and fellowship with other CAP members from around the Wing and Region! Again, November 4-5 will be the dates for this year's CAP Iron Man Competition. We look forward to seeing everyone out there. Registration packets will be put out to the squadrons and uploaded to the website as soon as possible once the ALWG FY12 budget is finalized/approved and we know exactly what the final IMC budget will be. For more information on the competition in general, visit the website at http://www.areyouanironman.com. Time to start getting those brains and lungs into shape!!!!! Christopher Tate, Maj, CAP Commander
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Promotions and Honors . . .
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. How can I be part of this important project? You can volunteer to conduct interviews and collect historical documents. You may also organize interview groups and teach others how to conduct interviews. Educational institutions, retirement communities, veterans service organizations, churches, and other community groups are a few good places to start. What kinds of items are included in the Veterans History Project Collection? Collections may take the form of war veterans’ first-hand oral histories, memoirs, collections of photographs and letters, diaries, and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts. How can I share the story of a deceased veteran? On behalf of a deceased war veteran, you may submit historical documents like the veteran's collection of photographs, letters, diaries and memoirs. You will need to complete the biographical data form and a release form for the deceased veteran. How can I find answers to other questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page online at http://www.loc.gov/vets
Interview a Veteran. Preserve History.
By taking part in the Veterans History Project (VHP), you are contributing to the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, one of the world’s most respected research and cultural institutions. When you participate, you are making history.
It’s as easy as following these simple steps:
Step 1: Visit www.loc.gov/vets and download a Field Kit, which gives you guidelines for conducting interviews and for what we do and don’t accept. If you don’t have Internet access, complete the tear-off card to the right or call the toll-free message line at 888-371-5848 to request a Field Kit. Step 2: Go online to our Web site to register the collection you wish to submit. Step 3: Record a veteran’s story using an audio or video recorder; assist in collecting photographs, letters, diaries, maps, etc.; and/or help write a memoir. Step 4: Complete the required and appropriate forms (including biographical data, audio and video log, and release forms) at www.loc.gov/vets or from a Field Kit. Assemble the forms and the items you are submitting. Step 5: We accept only original materials. Please make copies of all materials you wish to keep for yourself. Please provide the veteran with a copy of the interview. VHP does not have the resources to provide copies of any donated materials. Everything you submit to VHP will become property of the Library of Congress and cannot be returned to you. Please refer to Web site (www.loc.gov/vets, click on How to Participate) for Library of Congress standards of participation. We reserve the right to return materials that do not adhere to those standards. Do send materials via FedEx, UPS, or DHL to: Veterans History Project The Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave., SE Washington, DC 20540-4615 Email: email@example.com Web site: www.loc.gov/vets Toll-free message line: 888-371-5848 Please do not send your materials via the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Service mail received by the Library of Congress undergoes security screening that may result in damage and undue delays of your materials. You may also deliver materials in person to room LM-109 at the above address during weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Misc. Photos of Cadets & Events . . .
Cadet Trip to Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham