Pick a natural or man made disaster that's happened since then. Andrew, Gustav, Katrina, Sandy, ice storms in the northeast, floods in Missouri, 9/11, Deepwater Horizon....add to that the use of CAP assets during real world training for the military that ranges from acting as civilian evacuees during joint SOF exercises on Ft Dix to the Green Flag exercises...Space Shuttle recovery, the JFK Jr SAR mission....lots of stuff...
NIN got to wear those sweet non-compliant pickle suits!
In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Where does one start? An example, 1962, local airport. Penny a pound rides. Cap members flew their own aircraft to support CAP. I paid $1.22 for a 15 minute ride in a Cherokee 140. I was introduced to CAP. I became a Cadet. We met at Truax Filed in an F-89 hanger with the jets right there, often with airmen working on them during our meetings. I don't believe there were any Corporate aircraft back then. Went to encampment for 10 days at Chanute AFB. Flew down and back in the back of a C-119 (National Guard flight). While at Chanute, we did orientation flights in a C-47 and I got to fly the beautiful bird for 10 minutes or so. We ate at the mess hall and slept in barracks. We wore Khaki's for everything except PT. I know it may not be historical, but it does reflect a lot of change in CAP and how we recruited members back in the day. It also reflects the separation between the Air Force and CAP. We were their little brothers back then and they loved us. Now we are all grown up and expected to do for ourselves. (With their money of course) I kind of liked the old CAP/Air Force and our relationship.