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Cadets come out in strength for Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow

U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover a booth for the Civil Air Patrol, which was on hand for the second annual Breitling Huntington Beach Airhow in Huntington Beach, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary)

About 60 cadets and volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol were on hand to work and provide information about their organization at the second annual Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow over the weekend.

The cadets were put to work, maintaining and securing the landing zone for the Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team that kicked off the event by delivering an American flag to the show’s main staging area. They also provided other tasks, such as maintaining crowd barriers, and displayed exhibits for public viewing, including a glider on which they receive flight training.

The Civil Air Patrol cadets are youths 12-18 years old with interests aviation, aerospace and STEM education,

“This was an amazing weekend for everyone involved,” Capt. Joel Jones, Squadron 68 commander said in a release. “The members of Civil Air Patrol were honored to have been part of an incredible team that helped make the 2017 Huntington Beach Air Show a tremendous success.”

Air show fans on the beach were given the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Civil Air Patrol glider, and volunteers manned a pair of aerospace education booths with model aircraft, rocketry, robotics and hands-on educational attractions. Information was also provided about Civil Air Patrol’s role in homeland and events and activities for cadets.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with 57,000 members nationwide. It conducts search and rescue missions throughout the U.S. under the auspices of the Air Force. Volunteers are also involved in disaster relief and counter-drug operations.