The assassination of Kennedy in 1963, & Johnson's escalation of the war, hung over our heads like a lead weight. It was our End of Innocence.
One of our female cadets, screamed out in horror. 'Oh My God!. President Kennedy is dead!" The rest of the group broke down in tears, with the realization, that we had just lost the President of the United States.
The possibility of nuclear war and the Assassination of JFK, were two of the events that affected our lives, during the turbulent sixties.
The Colonel had me hook, line and sinker, when he offered me a ride, in the strange looking craft. I later learned it was a Link trainer.
“Hi...My name is Colonel Branch and I am the Commander of the Civil Air Patrol. You must be the young man, looking to join our group!”
C.A.P. or Civil Air Patrol, was the brainchild of Gill Robb Wilson during the late thirties. The aviation editor of The New York Herald Tribune, he had the foresight, to see general aviation’s role during a war.