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CAP Glider Programs

Since its early years, the Civil Air Patrol has included a handful of individual units that specialized in flying gliders. These individual gliding programs were created on a case-by-case basis, and did not receive much attention from national headquarters. This all changed in the mid 1990s, as the Civil Air Patrol and the Soaring Society of America (SSA) "discovered" each other.

The CAP realized that the SSA includes a wealth of glider clubs and instructors, and the SSA realized that the CAP includes a population of aviation-minded youth that could benefit from instruction in gliders. Largely due to the efforts of Major John Sharp (CAP STAN/EVAL Chief) about half of our Wings now have glider programs in various stages of development.