Civil Air Patrol

New Air Force Secretary’s Aviation Roots Run Deep

Wilson Family’s Flying Legacy Dates Back to World War I
By Steve Cox, NHQ Public Affairs

Dr. Heather A. Wilson, confirmed recently as the 24th secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has a very special connection to Civil Air Patrol.

Her beloved grandfather, George G. “Scotty” Wilson, was among the original members of CAP, joining the New Hampshire Wing during the earliest days of World War II and later serving as one of the first commanders of the wing.

Scotty Wilson’s influence on Wilson is undeniable.

“He certainly told a lot of flying stories,” said Wilson, recalling her grandfather’s tales of being a barnstorming pilot in New England in the 1920s and 1930s and towing targets for Civil Air Patrol in the 1940s.

“He and I were always pretty close,” she said. “I felt he had a sweet spot for me.”

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