Coming soon: Palm Beach County Museum
Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida

The Palm Beach County Historical Society is installing a museum in an old downtown courthouse now available for other uses. Encouraged by local CAP and Coastal Patrol veterans, a portion will be devoted to CAP Coastal Patrol history, specifically operations at Coastal Patrol Base 3 in Lantana (now Palm Beach County Airport.)

If you’re there, stop by the “Lantana” airport, site of Coastal Patrol Base 3. It’s just a half-mile west of I-95 at the Lantana Road exit, a few miles south of West Palm Beach. Visit the terminal building, done in “Old Florida” style, and the offices of Florida Airmotive, the long-time industry stalwart established by Owen Gassaway, a Base 3 maintenance technician since dedicated to the cause of CAP Coastal Patrol history.

L-19 on a pole, CAP Headquarters
Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama

Post-9/11 security makes it tougher to get on military installations today. But visiting CAP HQ, you’ll see an example of the more modern military surplus aircraft used in the 1970s until the early 1990s: a Cessna L-19 (O-1) in the 1970s-era CAP corporate paint scheme of base white with blue and red striping.

CAP Exhibit, near show center (“AeroShell Square”) and FAA building at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh Airport, Wisconsin late July-early August each year

Established by CAPHF in 1997 for a USAF 50th Anniversary display of eight significant CAP aircraft from 1941 to present, CAP still has exhibit space each year at Oshkosh. Currently, three aircraft are displayed each year.

Among favorites (varies each year):
1) One of the nine L-20 DeHavilland Beavers restored and flown by Alaska Wing; 2) A T-34 operated by Wisconsin Wing before its retirement from the CAP fleet (now preserved by CAPHF deputy director Jack Faas); 3) A new Gippsland large single-engine aircraft just entering the CAP fleet.

A Fairchild 24 (the “Hindall Fairchild”), displayed for a number of years by CAPHF deputy director Jack Faas, is no longer in his collection.

Palm Springs Squadron, CAP
Palm Springs Air Museum, PSP Airport
Palm Springs, CA

If you’re cruising through the great Palm Springs Air Museum, find the small office in the back that’s headquarters to the CAP squadron there. Making use of the long, narrow space and a well-windowed wall, the squadron shows visitors a tasty look at CAP history in posters and memorabilia.

CAP National Curator uniform and patch collection (location varies each year)

A truly astounding display of CAP uniforms and heraldry by CAP National Curator Bill Schell. Schell can discuss the variations in CAP uniforms and patches year-by-year. In various unit and wing insignia can be seen the spunk (and often, humor) of CAP.

CAP Coastal Patrol rescue amphibian,
exhibit, and representative CAP Base 3 Stinson
New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT

Restored Sikorsky S-39 flying boat used in famed Base 2 rescue of downed CAP Subchasers, resulting in Air Medals for Hugh Sharp and Eddie Edwards, the first in WWII presented personally by the President. (Exhibit by Connecticut Wing, CAP, including materials provided by CAPHF)

Bader Field, Atlantic City, New Jersey

The local politicians have now achieved their long-held dream of closing the city’s old, close-in downtown airport. Nothing of CAP to see except where it all happened: Coastal Patrol Base 1. The canal at the east end of the field is where Coastal Patrol pilot Ben Berger was killed, the only fatality at Base 1.

Monument, flagpole area at end of main street at boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The Rehoboth Beach, Delaware airport (Coastal Patrol Base 2) is now a housing development. But the monument erected by CAP Subchasers to honor the four Base 2 fliers killed during Coastal Patrol operations from there is next to other town war monuments at the east-end turn-around of the “main drag.”

Rehoboth Beach has been the site of a reunion of CAP Coastal Patrol veterans every September since about 1946. Another is scheduled for 2005 at the Henlopen Hotel, as usual.

Just a few miles north: go to Cape Henlopen State Park, stand amid the tall concrete sub (lookout) towers and gaze out on the mouth of the Delaware Bay—site of CAP Coastal Patrol’s first intercept of an attacking Nazi submarine.

CAP WWII Re-enactment Squadron 22
Pennsylvania CAP Courier Station No. 4

At selected events (including the famed Reading WWII Weekend each June), see a representation of CAP's early history. Re-enactors set up operations with field equipment, aircraft, vehicles and uniforms of the period.

Featured: flight-worthy 1940 Stinson 10A and Fairchild 24R in WWII CAP colors.

To help celebrate CAP Living History, get info on upcoming re-enactor events:

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
Pennsylvania Wing, CAP

Base 16 Museum, Airport Terminal
Dare County Airport, Manteo, North Carolina

A small museum in a back room of the modern Dare County Airport terminal building – a labor of love of then-local CAP historian Harry Bridges. Photos and artifacts from CAP Coastal Patrol Base 16 at Manteo and U.S. military operations in the Outer Banks area. Also take in the more recent monument to CAP outside.

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