May 15, 2012
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — An honor guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets will salute CAP’s, and the entire aviation community’s, “Mama Bird” when she is laid to rest Wednesday morning in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The scheduled cadet presence is part of CAP’s tribute to Col. Evelyn Bryan Johnson, one of its most storied members. She joined the all-volunteer organization’s ranks Dec. 28, 1949.
Johnson, who was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007 and had been presented with CAP’s 50-Year Member Award and a life membership in May 2005, died Thursday in Elizabethtown. She was 102.
Her “Mama Bird” nickname referred to