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CAP Builds An Airport

Less than two years after Civil Air Patrol was established, an airport was built in northern Maryland to directly support CAP’s mission. In 1943, the city of Westminster dedicated its new airport and CAP’s Baltimore Base No. 332 in a two-day celebration. The airport, a 50-acre site in northern Carroll County, was built by Civil Air Patrol members to support the war effort. Organizers were thinking ahead, as the design provided for commercial flying and flight training. 

With more than 600 people attending, the weekend event on June 5-6, 1943, had 50 airplanes on display. Maryland CAP sponsored a competitive drill competition – won by CAP Washington Base No. 334. Squadrons conducted a pass-in-review parade and airplanes were inspected. Aerial flyovers dropped confetti, the Maryland State Guard Band played music and the Carroll County Canteen committee served sandwiches and baked beans to the crowd. Construction of the airport began less than a year after CAP was established, and on the organization's first anniversary, the airport hangar had its first airplane. At the time of the dedication, Civil Air Patrol squadrons from Washington, Baltimore, Cumberland, Hagerstown, Taneytown, Frederick and Hanover (Pennsylvania) actively supported the new airport. Maryland had 1,200 members by this time, mostly pilots, with more than half being female pilots.

Today, CAP planes still use the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster, Md., and a squadron is based on the property. Members fly search-and-rescue missions out of this same 50-acre property, cadets learn to fly and CAP provides support for airport events. The airport Civil Air Patrol built still plays a vital role in serving its community.

 

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