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Hagerstown pilot awarded flight scholarship from 99s

Sandra Fox stands in front of an airplane
Capt. Sandra Fox of the Hagerstown Composite Squadron was recently awarded a scholarship from the 99s, a organization made up of and for female pilots.

5/25/2010––Civil Air Patrol Capt. Sandra Fox of Maryland Wing’s Hagerstown Composite Squadron was recently awarded a flight scholarship from the 99s, an organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and 98 other female pilots in 1929.

Fox is an active CAP pilot in the Wing. The scholarship will help her improve her skills and abilities. Currently, Fox is a qualified mission transport pilot and cadet orientation pilot. She is training to be a mission pilot. Fox holds Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates and will be teaching at the Maryland Wing Solo School this summer.

Fox joined Civil Air Patrol in the Ohio Wing in 2006, transferring to Maryland in 2008. She holds a Master rating in Health Services and Technician ratings in Safety and Professional Development. At the Hagerstown Composite Squadron, Fox serves as the Deputy Commander for Seniors, Professional Development Officer, and Personnel Officer. Additionally, she is the Emergency Services Administrative Officer at Maryland Wing.

The 99s came together for mutual support and promotion of aviation. Today the purpose is still mutual support, but it encompasses all nations and all female pilots from new private pilots to those who fly professionally to military pilots. Each year several scholarships are awarded for everything from pilot certificates to academic awards to add-ons like Maule or type ratings. The web site is www.ninety-nines.org.

Fox’s chapter of the 99s, Sugarloaf, will be hosting the terminus for the Air Race Classic in June this year. Fox serves on the Air Race committee and is chapter secretary this year. The Air Race Classic is an air race started by the 99s and is only open to female pilots. The theme this year is celebrating 100 years of women pilots since the first license issued to a female was 100 years ago. Their web site is www.arcterminus2010.com.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug 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 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

More than 1,500 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org.

The Hagerstown Composite Squadron meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the Hagerstown Region Airport, CAP building, 18621 Jarkey Drive, Hagerstown. For more information, contact Lt Col Barry McNew, squadron commander, at bmcnew@pa.net.