The Aerospace Education Program is one of three missions of Civil Air Patrol. Much like the three props on a propeller, all three missions function together to make CAP go. Back in 1941 when CAP was created, we were primarily interested in educating the public on the importance of aviation on the future of America. General aviation pilots volunteered to fly safety patrols along the coasts of the United States to protect our borders during World War II. Now we teach about aviation, aerospace, space and cyberspace to protect and serve our communities.