Scouts tour CAP planes


AUBURN — Cub Scouts from Pack 007 visited the Auburn-Lewiston Airport for a tour of Civil Air Patrol aircraft recently.

The scouts, students in grades one through five, were met by members of the Maine Wing and 077th Squadron Cadets. Colonel Dan Leclair, wing commander, gave the scouts and parents an introduction of the history of the Civil Air Patrol.

The scouts then watched a video, “Take Flight” and were given a briefing on how to be safe around all aircraft on the flight line. They were introduced to Captain Warren King, a mission pilot for the Maine Wing, and began their tour of two planes.

One plane they toured was a C-182 G1000 which has a glass cockpit and a full-color modular system. The scouts asked many questions and each scout took his turn in the plane. Scouts and parents were given a lesson in how a plane flies and learned the parts of the plane. They also toured a C-172, an older plane that is more familiar to many pilots.

Cub Scout Pack 007 has been in the area for more than 42 years. There are 22 scouts in the pack and seven adult leaders. Scouts Layne and David both said they wanted to fly, and hope to join the Civil Air Patrol when they reach the age of 12.

A second group of Cub Scouts from Den 7, Troop 111, also toured the airport and planes that day.