A Cadet Orientation flight is always a thrill, but on November 5, 2006
it was a media event for a group of cadets from the Col. Francis S. Gabreski
Squadron. Teen Kids News, a nationally televised news program produced
for youth ages 12-16 sent a producer/reporter and cameraman to Long Island
Group Headquarters at Islip MacArthur Airport to do a film the squadron’s
Cadet Orientation Flights.
Producer/Reporter Alan Weiss and his cameraman Sean Wilk spent the morning
interviewing cadets and seniors on their experiences. Mr. Weiss then
took to the back seat of the aircraft while 1st Lt Nathan Hillard, Gabreski
Squadron’s chief pilot, flew C/SSgt Carissa Lackey on her orientation flight.
Back on the ground, Cadet Lackey was interviewed about the experience.
The news crew then filmed cadets during their pre-flight briefing given
by C/Capt Jim Ridley II and also while they were communicating with the
aircraft from the LIG’s communications room.
Mr. Weiss was also able to interview several other cadets and officers
from the squadron on a variety of subjects. The cadets were asked
their name and rank, why they joined CAP, what challenges they have faced
and what would they like to do in the future. A male and a female
cadet were asked the question “who makes better pilots, men or women?”
Of course each answered that their own gender makes the best pilot!
One of the best answers to the question, “What do you like most about CAP?”
came from C/TSgt Heather West, who replied, “my squadron is like my second
The clip above was produced by the Teen Kids News Program and aired in
the New York area on April 22 on WNYW Fox TV channel 5.