CH-47 Chinook Orientation Flight

Would you like to take an Orientation flight in a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter?

Nighthawk Composite Squadron was in contact with the pilot of the Chinook today, Monday September 13, 10:00 AM, and he is willing to take any Cadets that show up to fly on the Chinook this evening whether they were previously registered or not.

If you are a Cadet, you are interested in flying on the Chinook this evening, and you were not previously registered, be at the Woolfolk Hangar at 4:00 PM this evening. Note, this late opportunity is only open to CAP Cadets. A DD-1381 will be required and it can be found here: DD 1381 Air Transport Agreement. If you wish, you can fill it out ahead of time. Be sure to get your parent/guardian signature and have their signatures witnessed. Your best option is for your parent/guardian to come to the hangar. If the DD-1381 is not filled out correctly, you will be unable to fly.


Monday, September 13, 2021 16:00 – 21:00

  • 4:00 Setup for Potluck and Meeting. Passengers should be at Woolfolk Hangar
  • 4:40 Chinook will arrive
  • 4:50 First flight with Chinook
  • 5:10 Second flight with Chinook
  • 5:30 Potluck (see: for signups and details.)
  • 6:30 Opening Formation
  • 7:00 Chinook Crew Presentation
  • 8:00 Chinook Crew Departure
  • 8:10 Closing Formation


Woolfolk Hangar at KDTO, Denton TX
MAP & Instructions


Cadets: ABUs with sleeves up & CAP ID
Seniors: Corporate Polo with grey trousers & CAP ID


The following DD 1381 “Hold Harmless” form is required to fly on the Chinook helicopter. Please fill it out, sign it, and return a digital image to by EOD (end of day), Monday, July 12, 2021.

DD 1381 Air Transport Agreement.

Here is some help with some of the fields:
SIGNATURE: Signature of the individual flying
WITNESS (Block 1): Name of Witness (Parent/Spouse/anyone over 18)
WITNESS (Block 2): Signature of Witness
All the other fields should be obvious.



The helicopter is scheduled to arrive around 4:40 PM. The pilot has contacted me, and we will be “hot loading” (going onboard while engines are running).

The flight has been confirmed and is awaiting The Adjutant General, Maj Gen Tracy Norris’ authorization. Clearance is generally given on the day of the flight. Due to the number of passengers, there will be two orientation sorties with approximately 20 minutes of flight time each. These flights are for Cadets. If you were not able to preregister and you wish to fly, be at the hangar by 4:00 PM with your parent or guardian to register for the flight. Once the flights are over, those who didn’t signup will have a chance to tour the helicopter.


There will be a potluck meal from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

Due to everyone involved being at the hangar from 4:00 – 8:30 PM, there will be a potluck to feed everyone; however, it will be slightly different from what you are used to. Everyone can still bring food and drink items, but to facilitate TX Wing’s Phase II Covid policy (see below), each serving needs to be individually packaged. Whether you prepare at home or purchase food items, be sure to package each portion into a single serving baggie/container. Those who wish to eat will receive a brown paper sack at the beginning of the serving line, progress through the line picking up items of interest, and then find a place to eat all of the yummy stuff.

For potluck signups and more details, please see:


Opening formation will occur at 6:30 PM.

The Chinook flight crew will give a presentation from 7:00 – 8:00 PM about what a typical mission looks like and how they got involved with the Chinook. After the presentation, we will watch them depart and then proceed to the closing formation. There will be no promotion activities that evening.


Please note that CAP TX Wing will be in Phase II of the Covid 19 Remobilization Plan.

Per Texas Wing Commander Col Bill Schroder’s email dated 25-Aug-2021, the policy is as follows:

  • 100% masking for members when they cannot socially distance 6 feet (indoors and outdoors)
  • Meetings/activities restricted to no more than 50 attendees in a location
  • Suspension of overnight activities (Unless an exception is applied)

Masks will be required if you cannot social distance out of respect for Col Schroder’s guidance and for those wearing masks around you. The only exception to this is when we are in or around the helicopter, where the flight crew has requested a no mask policy.

“Social Distance,” per the last TX Wing Encampment, is defined as both parties having one arm fully extended towards each other and not touching.

Due to more than 50 people flying, our numbers at this event will be greater than 50. As a precaution, we will be taking temperature checks of everyone as you enter the hangar.