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The color guard presentation of the colors makes a fitting way to begin your event or meeting, be it a governmental agency, non-profit organization or private business.

All color guard requests should be made at least 30-45 days in advance of presentation date to ensure availability.

Our speaker's bureau is composed of professional Civil Air Patrol members who volunteer to speak to area schools, civic organizations, and aviation-related events.

Members speak on a variety of topics from aerospace education, aviation careers, search and rescue, homeland security, emergency preparedness, leadership, Air Force, and anti-drug campaigns.

Contact our Public Affairs Officer (see top of page) with your request.

December 2, 2007

Illinois and Indiana Wing search and rescue teams wound up a two-day search by locating the wreckage of a home-built aircraft near the Benton Municipal Airport in Southern Illinois.  The downed aircraft was located this morning by a CAP ground team.   The pilot was the sole occupant of the Rand KR-2 homebuilt (similar model shown below).  He did not survive the crash.

 
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Illinois Wing Chief of Staff, Lt Col Rick Oeth, served as the Mission Incident Commander.  The Indiana Wing DO, Maj Matt Creed, also joined in today's search efforts.  CAP, along with ESDA and police officials, participated in a press conference held at 1300 hours CST.  Lt Col Paul Hertel, Illinois Wing Deputy PA and Group 1 Commander, served as the Mission Information Officer.

 Adverse weather conditions grounded search planes today.  More information on the "find" will follow, but for now, you can review some of the early media coverage by accessing the links below.

 

KFVS-TV (CBS)

Cape Girardeau, MO

WPSD-TV (NBC)

Paducah, KY

Congratulations to all involved.

Joseph S. King

Col Joseph S. King, CAP
Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol
Public Affairs Officer

Du Quoin Evening Call

Pinckneyville Pilot's Body, Wreckage Found

Monday, December 3, 2007 12:29 PM CST

BENTON - The three-day search for a 58-year-old Pinckneyville pilot who took off Thursday afternoon from the Benton Municipal Airport ended in a heavily wooded area immediately northwest of the airport shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.

Daniel J. Bradac Sr.'s body was found near the wreckage of what is believed to be a home-built "kit" KR-2 aircraft. Bradac is said to have purchased the aircraft--already constructed--earlier this year.

An FAA-ordered autopsy at an Indiana lab is planned, and the Federal Aviation Administration was sending crash investigators to the site Monday morning.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville.

It is not known whether the crash took place after Bradac's takeoff in the 15-foot-long aircraft with its 20-foot wing span or upon his return to the airport.

Bradac is said to have taken off from the Benton Municipal Airport--which parallels I-57 west of the city--between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, just as darkness fell over Franklin County.

The Civil Air Patrol began its air and ground search for the plane and pilot Friday morning.

At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Ryan Buckingham, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency director, said the wreckage was never visible from the air as planes criss-crossed the region in search patterns. The Franklin County agency was joined by personnel from the Du Quoin Emergency Management Services Agency and similar units from Jackson, Saline and Williamson counties.

Du Quoin ESDA director David Searby said at one point there were four Civil Air Patrol aircraft involved in the search with a fifth plane headed for the region Sunday.

Illinois and Indiana Civil Air Patrol personnel were aided by the Red Cross, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Benton Police Department and the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers.

 

 

Searby said Du Quoin's mobile command center was driven to the airport and became the base of operations.

"We initially deployed Friday at around 11:30 a.m. to the Benton Airport and then at 4 a.m. Saturday we deployed to the Rend Lake Visitor Center," said Searby. The mobile unit was there until the search ended on Sunday.

"We had a minimum of two people there all the time. The operational aspect was run by the Civil Air Patrol. They coordinated their ground teams and their air teams. Then all of us with ESDA filled in the planning logistics," Searby said.

"A ground team from Civil Air Patrol finally found it," he said. " It was in a very dense thicket. They had actually overflown that area several times," Searby said. "They knew how to focus their search from radar from other airports," he said. He said those radar records can target an area and show searchers when an aircraft may have taken off and how far it got. "I was very impressed by the Civil Air Patrol.

"We certainly didn't want the result that we had, but everyone did their job well," said Searby.

Had the wreckage not been found during the ground search, Army Corps of Engineers personnel at Rend Lake along with divers were prepared to focus on a search of Rend Lake itself.

Among Bradac's survivors are a wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Bradac is said to have been employed by Joy Manufacturing, Inc.

--John H. Croessman

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