1944 -The Army approved a list of the desired characteristics for a guided missile that eventually led to the Corporal guided missile of the 1950s.
1948 -The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 80-557, which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. CAP is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership with people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It originally performed three key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. CAP recently added homeland security and courier service missions.