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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, sinking two enemy submarines, 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. 

 



 CAP Mission Statement

“Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground service, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.”


 

 

The Stratford Eagles grew from a squadron established in Fairfield the 1960s. The unit moved to what was then the Bridgeport Municipal Airport in 1963. In 1964 the meeting place moved to the Stratford National Guard Armory. In 1968 a new charter was issued from the National Headquarters which established the Stratford Eagles Composite Squadron. Thanks to the efforts of Lordship resident Lt Col Morgan Kaolian, CAP, in March of 1972 the Eagles moved to their present location, a World War II barracks at Sikorsky Memorial Airport adjacent to Stratford Road in Lordship.

 

The Civil Air Patrol's main building is the last remaining barracks from World War II left in Lordship. At one time, there were barracks on Prospect Drive in eastern Lordship and on the former Aherns Property on Stratford Road next to the airport. The radio building may have been the gas station for planes stationed there during the war.

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