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Cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Apollo Composite Squadron will be handing out hundreds of flying foam model “Goddard Rockets” for kids of all ages as part of the Christmas Family Night planned for 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Dec. 7th on Main Street in Round Rock. At a recent Tuesday night squadron meeting at Hanger F6 at Georgetown Municipal Airport 65 CAP cadets gathered to make the model rockets, an annual tradition, in preparation of the festivities and to learn more about Dr. Goddard. Robert H. Goddard, considered the father of practical modern rocketry, developed the first liquid-powered rocket, and experimented with solid-propellant rockets, gyroscopic stabilizers, and instruments for monitoring the flight of rockets. He worked with the U.S. Navy to develop rocket-powered, quick-takeoff propulsion units for Navy aircraft and was one of the first scientists to speculate the eventual travel to the moon using very powerful rockets.
The cadet program is part of Civil Air Patrol’s 77-year history of supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. CAP’s aerospace education mission provides aviation and space (aerospace) education and training to cadets, senior members, aerospace education members and the general public. CAP also educates its members and the general public on the important role aviation and space play in America's future. CAP encourages our nation’s youth to consider aerospace careers and promotes civil aviation to local communities.
The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, was founded December 1, 1941 to mobilize the nation’s civilian aviation resources for national defense during WWII and has evolved into a premier public service organization, that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.
Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program
More information about cadet or senior membership and local squadrons can be found on the Civil Air Patrol’s website: gocivilairpatrol.com.
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Round Rock, TX