The vintage World War II B-17 bomber “Aluminum Overcast”, owned by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), arrived at Lynchburg Regional Airport this week offering ground tours on Tuesday, October 29th. Aluminum Overcast serves as a tribute to those known as the greatest generation: the bold men and women who built and served on the heavy bombers in the 1940s.
As World War II raged, one American bomber gained prominence across every theater of operation. The Boeing B-17 became known as the “Flying Fortress” due to its 13 mounted .50 caliber machine guns and its reputation for toughness based upon stories and images of sustaining heavy damage and still bringing her aircrews safely back to base. Of the over 12,000 of these bombers that were produced for combat, about 40 remain and only 9 of these remain airworthy. More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is an iconic image of World War II.
During the event, the cadets and senior members of Lynchburg Composite Squadron assisted with parking visitors and directing foot traffic to the viewing area as well as staffing areas for safety and security. Cadets were offered the opportunity to tour the aircraft and assisted in take-off procedures. Members of Lynchburg Composite Squadron were honored to assist with efforts to help maintain a safe environment for spectators to enjoy this piece of military history.
LYNCHBURG, VA – Lynchburg Composite Squadron members participated in a long-standing military tradition to join together for a meal and to celebrate the achievements of the previous year as it held its fifth annual awards banquet on February 23rd with a “Dining Out” theme. Dining Out represents the most formal aspect of CAP social functions with the purpose to bring together members of a unit and their guests in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, and social rapport.
Since 2015, Lynchburg Composite Squadron has held annual banquets to celebrate the achievements of the squadron and to emphasize the Core Values of Integrity first, Respect, Excellence and Volunteer Service. Not merely an event for food and fellowship, Dining Out is a demonstration of Civil Air Patrol’s ability to host an event with excellence and a sense of camaraderie.
Members of the Activities team and many volunteers labored over the details and planning of this event putting in numerous behind-the-scenes hours to ensure guests would enter a festive atmosphere decorated with classic patriotic themes. When the Official Party entered and the Mess was opened, the tone of the room was one of anticipation for an elegant evening ahead.
Several ceremonies are part of the Dining Out event, which includes the presentation of flags and the Prisoners of War and the Missing In Action Ceremony that were presented by the VA-017 Cadet Color Guard team. The evening continued with festive toasts, a review of the protocol, an inspiring keynote by Colonel Western, and presentations of awards by the distinguished and honored guests.
Dining Out is an excellent means of providing recognition for individual and unit achievements making it very effective in building morale and esprit de corps.
Captain Peter Strubhar the Squadron Commander, Captain Velvet Sharp the Deputy Commander for Cadets and Cadet Commander Captain Adam Glass and his Executive Cadre Staff would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make the event a success.
Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation’s civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.
Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.