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Pinellas Senior Squadron
Albert Whitted Airport, St. Petersburg, Florida
The U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was established 1 December 1941 and is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated by the United States Congress on 1 July 1946. The Pinellas Senior Squadron is comprised of senior members (adults), in contrast to the many Cadet and Composite squadrons that have adults as well as youth.
The Civil Air Patrol is perhaps best known for its Search and Rescue (SAR) Missions. CAP flies more than 85% of all federal inland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC).
Civil Air Patrol aircrews hone their excellent piloting skills through numerous missions.
Over the years, CAP aircrews have provided assistance to numerous boaters in need and have been tasked by the U. S. Air Force and other agencies for special missions.
Other emergency services missions can include transporting medical technicians and transporting lifesaving medicines and human organs for transplant.
When disaster strikes, such as a hurricane CAP provides emergency communication systems and gathers vital information for emergency management through aerial reconnaissance (i.e. Aerial Photography), and ground reconnaissance.
Pinellas Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol