Two Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Members Recognized For First Airplane Solo

Lt. Col. Roland Dewing, Cadet 2nd Lt. JD Downing, and Capt. Jane Lingenfelter. Courtesy/CAP
CAP News:
Monday, Sept. 19, Cadet 2nd Lt. JD Downing was presented with a certificate by Lt. Col. Roland Dewing in recognition of his first solo powered flight June 23, at the Civil Air Patrol Nation Flight Academy in Shawnee, Okla.
He was also presented a scarf by Capt. Jane Lingenfelter. When Downing called his parents to let them know he soloed, he simply said, “Well – I did it.” When JD’s Dad, Scott Downing asked if the landing was smooth, JD replied “Of course.” Downing’s accomplishment makes him eligible for a National Civil Air Patrol Scholarship to help him complete his pilot training.
While Cadet 2nd Lt. Downing may be a “man of few words” he is very active. Downing is a senior at Los Alamos High School and co-captain of their tennis team. He is very busy with Civil Air Patrol as well. During the summer in addition to the Powered Flight Academy, Downing served on staff at the Glider Encampment and attended the National Para-rescue Orientation and Survival School. Downing will also become the Los Alamos Squadron Cadet Commander for the coming year.
Also recognized for his first solo was Civil Air Patrol senior member 2nd Lt. Robert Miller.
Miller soloed Sept. 11, at the Taos airport. In recognition of this accomplishment, 2nd Lt. Miller received a certificate as well as a scarf made and presented by Capt. Jane Lingenfelter.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 80 lives each year.
Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years.
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To become involved with the Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as either a senior member or Cadet, Contact 1st Lt. Bill Wolfe at 505.662.7652.
Lt. Col. Roland Dewing, 2nd Lt. Bob Miller, Capt. Jane Lingenfelter. Courtesy/CAP