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North Carolina Squadron Names New Aircraft After Aviation Leader

New addition

NCwingThe North Carolina Wing has a tradition of naming all its aircraft, and when the Asheville Composite Squadron received a new replacement for one of its older planes, members had no problem deciding on a moniker.

Lt. Col. Ray Davis, the squadron's longtime flight instructor and maintenance officer, solicited ideas for a name for the new arrival, N689CP. Little did he know that a friendly backroom plan was already being put into place without his knowledge.

Members submitted suggestions as Davis had requested, but behind the scenes they unanimously agreed to name the N689CP in his honor for his nearly 27 years of tireless work and dedication to Civil Air Patrol. Davis joined CAP in April 1997.

“We could think of nothing better for our new airplane, designed for flight training, than for it to forever bear the name of a man who has dedicated so much time and effort into ensuring that so many cadets and adults alike get to experience flight,” said Maj. Scott Stevens, squadron commander.

During the squadron meeting March 21, N689CP was officially christened “Uncle Ray.”

“When I heard the commander make the announcement, it came as a total surprise,” Davis said. “I am very honored to have my name on N689CP. CAP is a great organization, and (it’s) a pleasure to work with so many caring, dedicated and wonderful members.”

“Uncle Ray” replaces Spartacus and joins Gumby and Betty in the squadron’s hangar.
1st Lt. D.L. Broadhead
Public Affairs Officer
Asheville Composite Squadron
North Carolina Wing