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posted May 6, 2012, 12:39 PM by Winston Cutshall
Alpine, TX … Squadrons of the Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol were practicing their high

Mountain flying this past weekend, Friday April 20th thru April 22. Beginning last Friday CAP 

Planes, for the most part Cessna 172’s, and 182’s, began arriving at Alpine Municipal Airport to 

Begin Mountain Fly Training. The last aircraft to arrive landed shortly after sunset in the small 

West Texas Town of Alpine, Texas known as the “Door way to the Big Bend National Park”

Lt. Colonel Gwynn Broggle was the designated Commander of the operation who commented 

“We have great weather, great instructors, eager pilots and a great Operational plan. This should 

Be a terrific weekend of training.’ And so it was, over 151 sorties were flown by Wing pilots and 


Mountain flying is a skill that can only be acquired by actual hands on experience.

In flying thru mountainous terrain, pilots are subjected to unexpected turbulence caused by

Prevailing winds blowing against mountainsides and recoiling in the opposite direction. The 

Wind, when it encounters the side of a mountain will “bounce up and back” causing the 

Unsuspecting pilot to go on a “real coaster ride”. Pilots are also taught how to recognize and 

Avoid Box canyons during flight.

Lt Colonel Russell Miller, Group III Commander was especially pleased that his Group III was 

Able to supply six aircraft to participate in the training. Each Squadron contributed at least one 

Aircraft to the Wing effort.

Training came to a pleasant end on Sunday afternoon as both aircrews and ground personnel 

“Headed ‘em up and moved ‘em out” in time to arrive back their respective bases by sundown.

The CIVIL AIR PATROL is the auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Patrol has 

Three primary missions’ aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. CAP 

Handles over 90% of inland search and rescue missions, saving approximately 75 lives each year. 

CAP members are usually the first on the scene sending digital satellite images of damage, 

Around the world within seconds after arrival. CAP provides disaster relief and emergency 

Services following natural and man made disasters, including events such as 9/11, Hurricane

Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the South and flooding in the Central U.S.

CAP members also fly counterdrug reconnaissance and teach Cadet and Aerospace Programs. 


For more information contact: 1st Lt. Robert R. Bruton
Public Affairs Officer
391st Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
Dallas (817) 685 9658 or