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1OA Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 County News m m By Terri Daoust Portola Editor For Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Commander Lt. Col. Anthony Martinez, taking the cadets to Beale Air Force Base was like taking a trip in a time cap- sule. Little did he know he'd be asked to don a flight suit, one similar to those he spent many hours in between 1956 and 1960, as a U.2 pilot flying high over Russia during the Cold War. Martinez was also honored with a plaque for the more than 1,000 hours he spent in the pressurized suit flying about 30,000 feet above sea level. Martinez said the cadets listened intently as airmen described the suit and its im- portance to the U-2 pilots, If the cabin of the plane were to lose pressure for any reason while flying at high al- titudes, Martinez said a pi- lot's body would not have the pressure necessary to hold it together. "They still prepare the pi- lots the same as we did back then for flight," he said. Martinez explained that the body contains nitrogen and, at high altitudes, the ni- trogen expands, forming bub- bles in the joints, which be- come extremely painful: To dissolve those nitrogen bubbles, pilots are suited up and connected to pure oxygen one hour before flight time, and continue breathing the pure oxygen until after their flight. Martinez wasn't the only one who had fun at Beale: the cadets were also given the op- portunity to take a mock parachute jump. Students were strapped in- to the parachute and given goggles and earphones, which were connected to a computer for a virtual reality jump. Cadets attempted to land on the X, which they could see through their goggles. Next, each cadet got a turn in the U-2 simulator, where they manned the controls of the massive plane, taking off and landing. The trip to Beale was just one of the many activities af- forded to CAP Cadets throughout the year. Another benefit is being able to fly a motored plane and a glider, helping build in- terest in aviation. But it's not all fun and games for the CAP Cadets, who work at their own pace through a 15-step program. Many cadets work toward applying for a national schol- arship, which CAP provides to cadets to further their studies in areas such as engi- neering, science, aircraft me- chanics and aerospace medi- cine. The U.S. Air Force recog- nizes the high standards the cadets must meet and cadets that choose to enlist in the Air Force enter as airmen first class instead of airmen basic. Having gone through the cadet program helps when applying for the Air Force Academy, as well. Nearly 10 percent of each academy class is composed of former cadets, according to Mar- tinez. Martinez said he is proud of the young men and women who make up the CAP Feath- er River Squadron Cadet pro- gram. "They have shown determi- nation, enthusiasm and the desire to learn all that is giv- en to them," he said. Prospective cadets must be at least 12 years old or attend- ing the sixth grade, with the maximum age of 18, and un- married. Anyone interested in be- coming a CAP Cadet may contact Cadet Commander Joe Lantz at 832-0206, or Cadet Program Leader Jodi Wilburn at 832-1049. 7, ~!;:,::.~.~. : !:~!i:ilΈ ~i! i~: i~ ~:i~! i Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets spent a day at Beale Air Force Base, learning about the base, and even parachute jump. g, L~ •!!!i!i!i:il These CAP cadets got a chance to operate the flight simulator during their visit to Beaie Air Force Base. FREE Satellite TV System! FREE Basic Installation! Get a FREE DISH Network digital satellite TV system and FREE basic Professional Installation ($199 value)through January 31, 2002 Subscribe to mininmm programming 04 America's Top 50 for only $21.99 per month. ~1 AMERICA'S TOP 50 INCLUDES THESE FAVORITES! ,~0@rTS • ESPN • ESPN2 • ESPNEWS • "I~/G • FAMILY • Angel One • Cartoon Network • Disney Channel (East & West) • EWTN • Fox Family Channel • Lifetime • Nid(e~ick At Nite (East & West} • "ll]N • ~/llylr-o ° CNN • CNBC • C-SPAN • C-SPAN2 • Court "IV • Headline News • NASA • The Weather Channel • VARIETY • A&E • Comedy Central ,, El Enterteinment • ~ Shopping Network • ;SHOP • FIN • OVC ,, ~i Channel • Shop At H~e • ~S * TNN • TNT ,, ~ Land • USA Network ° s~BC • ~ • ~ Channel • ~ H~to~ Channel ', Food Not'wm:}rk * HGTV • Travel Chann~ • TLC • 11 Public Interest Chenm31s • MU~ • CIVIl" • M'I'V • MTV2 • MH1 V~II~ major cr~ff card arid 12-mon~ comrr.tmem re’luired. ~odL.~t for ~omotk)n ~ tem~muf~tured ~ d~ommu~d. .... YOUR LOCAL Dish Network Connection 800-434-7428 Hank Bill 284-7463 596-4267 (jffel er~lq OI~3U02 For r~v. flrst4ime culAotl~rs c~ly. ~ ~ ~umd ~ dhlcontklued./MI p(lcet, p~ckmges and ~"r~ ~ul)~N~t to ct'w~l~e ~hoot r'~cAice Sut>P~ ~m~t 1o ~va~ stock ~ ha~(I. ~ tWnc/,leck|. Loclll ~ slale m ~ ~ q~ply. ~ Dt~ ~ ~ra~ng, ~ any ~1"~-~ secwces tt~l ~e ~ovwt~d. are ~ to the learns ~ cor, dttkms ~ ~ ~ ~ ,~WOm~m~ml. ~ m ~ ~ re(p Jeer ~,~--ir~