JOINT BASE SAN ANTNOIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Forty-three Civil Air Patrol cadets and adult leaders received an incentive flight on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland March 12.
The group included cadets from two South Texas CAP squadrons, the David Lee “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron in San Marcos and Pegasus Composite Squadron in Austin.
The cadets received the Alamo Wing’s mission brief prior to boarding the Air Force’s largest aircraft.
The cadets took turns observing operations on the flight deck during the flight over the West Texas area and back.
Many of the cadets have flown on smaller aircraft, but this was their first time in the Super Galaxy.
“I’ve never flown in a C-5 before,” said Cadet Col. Chuck Baker, David Lee “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron chief meteorological advisor. “The only Air Force aircraft I’ve flown in was a KC-135. This was the first time I’ve ever flown in something this big.”
The flight even made an impression on one of the cadets whose focus is not on aviation.
“It was a very good experience,” said Cadet Tech. Sgt. Elsie Harris, David Lee “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron flight sergeant. “I personally enjoyed it.
“I want to be a paramedic. Emergency services training really drew my attention," Harris added. "I’m focused on getting all the training I need to get certified to go on a mission if one comes up.”
The CAP, a congressionally chartered organization, provides aeronautic, cadet and emergency services training to youth ages 12-21.