MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (May 20, 2005) – Goodyear has renewed a contract to supply the Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian arm of the U.S. Air Force.
Goodyear will provide tires for each of the patrol´s 52 units, which operate 550 single-engine aircraft for search and rescue, disaster relief and other missions. The CAP has more than 64,000 members throughout the U.S and Puerto Rico flying more than 100,000 hours of missions.
Goodyear renewed the contract for one year; it first became a CAP “corporate partner” in 2004. Prior to that, the CAP units procured tires on their own from local suppliers.
Neither the CAP nor Goodyear disclosed the value of the contract.
Goodyear supplies the CAP with its aramid-belt-reinforced Flight Custom III tires.
The CAP performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which credits the CAP with saving 100 lives a year on average. The CAP has been in existence for more than 60 years.