About Us

The Civil Air Patrol

CAP 75th Anniversary!

The Origins

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.

About The Thunderbolts

Thunderbolt is a Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron (consisting of both cadet and senior members), located at the Lovejoy ISD Administrative Building in Allen, Texas. Thunderbolt Composite Squadron has a rich history. The squadron received its first charter on November 10, 1969 with the original charter number being 42295. Since then, the squadron has accomplished many achievements. Among them are four unit citations, 51 unit recognition awards, and our Cadet Color Guard Team won the Southwest Regional Color Guard competition in 2013.