Sep 10, 2016 2:00 PM

Renewed interest in flying signals return of air patrol unit

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A renewed interest in flying has led to the return of a volunteer Civil Air Patrol unit in New Hampshire's North Country after 25 years.

Many members of the nonprofit are young cadets up to age 21 and have just learned how to fly. They hope to help their communities with search-and-rescue missions and other services.

The Civil Air Patrol started in 1941, a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Its 150,000 members nationwide flew critical missions during World War II, patrolling the Eastern Seaboard in search of German submarines and running search-and-rescue missions.

The organization, based in Alabama, says it has surpassed 100,000 flying hours across its fleet for the 2016 fiscal year, more than a 7 percent increase over the previous year.

New Hampshire has nine squadrons.

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