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          Brothers 282nd Aero Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol

MAJ LLOYD E. BAIRD, CAP

Squadron Commander
Major Lloyd E. Baird, CAP
1 Mar 91 - 30 Jun 92

 

Major Baird first joined Civil Air Patrol in the mid-1980's as a member of the Dayton Senior Squadron. He was a private pilot, serving the squadron in the capacity of Operations Officer. In 1991, Group Commander LtCol Larry Sidle began exploring the feasibility of opening a new CharterCivil Air Patrol squadron in the western suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. Major Lloyd Baird, the squadron's charter commander, came to the unit from his post at the Dayton Senior Squadron (OH-285). Since Major Baird lived in New Lebanon, he seemed like a logical choice to champion the new squadron.

As a pilot and collector of vintage aircraft, Baird was known through the community for his involvement in aviation. He was also the owner of Gerhart's Restaurant, the squadron's first meeting location. He owned a P-51 Mustang that was based nearby at the Dayton-New Lebanon Airport (I44). Throughout his years in CAP, he used this aircraft in various hands on aerospace activities within the squadron.

In June of 1992, Major Baird suffered a heart attack. While home recuperating, he suffered a second heart attack that claimed his life on June 30, 1992. The squadron provided an honor guard and a bugleman to play Taps for the funeral services.

 

 

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