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Civil Air Patrol gets new plane

The Roswell Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently received a new airplane, a Cessna 153. The new plane has more up-to-date electronics equipment than the former aircraft, including an advanced emergency transponder locater. The Cessna is housed at a hangar at the Roswell International Air Center. As an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the CAP aids with search and rescue missions and works to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members promote aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program. Since its formation during the earliest days of World War II, the CAP has evolved into a public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground. The Roswell Composite Squadron is always seeking young people interested in aviation and aerospace, along with volunteer adult pilots. From left, Maj. Stanley A. Nelson, commander; Lt. Col. Tom Clarke, Capt. Larry Martin and Richard Lumpkin, who recently joined the squadron. For more information, call Clarke at 575-910-0688 or Nelson at 575-420-4777. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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