Apr 4

100 Years of U.S. Coast Guard Aviation

Monday, April 4, 2016 10:22 AM

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of U.S. Coast Guard Aviation, we present its history through photos.

1916

1916

Lieutenant Elmer Stone arrives at the Naval Aviation School at Pensacola on 1 April, an event the service recognizes as the birth of Coast Guard aviation.

1919

1919

Stone piloted the Navy flying boat NC-4 on the first successful airborne crossing of the Atlantic.

1926

1926

The Coast Guard used the Chance Vought UO-4 to help catch rumrunners during Prohibition.

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1920s-1930s

The service also used the Loening OL-5 to enforce Prohibition along the coast.

1928

1928

The Aviation Flying Life Boat PJ-1 specifically was designed for the Coast Guard to be used for rescue operations.

World War II

World War II

Curtiss SOC-4s operated around Greenland providing information on German U-boats as well as flying rescue missions.

1943

1943

The first Coast Guard helicopter detachment, Sikorsky Helicopter Airport, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Post-World War II

Post-World War II

The PBM-5G replaced the PBY-5A following the war for Coast Guard search-and-rescue operations.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

Coast Guard Lieutenant Jack Rittichier (left) died during a Vietnam War rescue mission while attempting to pick up a downed Marine flier.

1980s

1980s

The HC-130 Hercules joined the Coast Guard aviation fleet for long-range surveillance and transportation missions.

1980s

1980s

The HH-3F Pelican was used in search & rescue, law enforcement and marine environmental response before retiring in 1994.

2016

2016

Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct a practice formation flight around the Island of Oahu.

To read more about Elmer Stone, please see our Naval History article from April.

http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2016-04/coast-guards-aerial-visionary

To read more about Jack Ritticher, please see our Naval History article from December 2015.

http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2015-12/overlooked-service