1958: Air Detachment Naples, Italy Established

1958 – Air Detachment Naples, Italy Established In October of 1957 the USSR launched the first man made satellite. This expedited the requirement for a long range, highly accurate radio-navigation system for use with the satellites and missiles the United States was developing. There were three contenders; Omega, Decca, and Loran C (then called CYTAC). […]

1957: Aircraft Requirements Submitted to Congress

1957 – The Joint Report on the Requirements of the Coast Guard With Regard to Aircraft was Submitted: At the request of Congress the Joint Report on the Requirements of the Coast Guard was submitted to congress and implemented a year later. This document defined Coast Guard aviation’s primary role as search and rescue; specified the […]

1938: Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn Established

1938 – Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn Established SAR Scramble PBM-5 On February 3, 1928, the decision to build a municipal airport to serve New York City was made. Up until this time, New York did not have an airport. The Newark, N. J. Airport was fast becoming the world’s busiest airport with most cargo […]

1938: Coast Guard Purchases Hall PH-2/3 Flying Boats

1938 – Coast Guard Purchases Hall PH-2/3   Flying Boats The Hall Aluminum Aircraft Corporation produced a prototype flying-boat design in 1929 on a US Navy contract. They subsequently received orders for nine flying-boats which were designated as PH-1. Made largely of aluminum, it was a state of the art aircraft when it first flew.  […]

1937: Coast Guard Air Station San Diego Established

1937 – Coast Guard Air Station San Diego Established View of the Coast Guard Air Station San Diego in 1937 San Diego Lindberg Field opened on August 16, 1928. Coast Guard aviation activities in the San Diego, California area began as an Air Patrol Detachment on May 4, 1934 for the purpose of preventing smuggling […]

1937: Coast Guard Air Patrol Station Charleston Established

1937— Coast Guard Air Patrol Station Charleston Established Ramp area at Coast Guard Air Station Charleston:Aircraft left to right — J2K, JF-2, RD-4, JF-2, and JF-2 An aviation training school for pilots and mechanics was established on the banks of the Cooper River on the south end of the Charleston Navy Yard during World War […]

1936: Viking Flying Boat 00-1 Obtained

1936 – Viking Flying Boat 00-1 Obtained During the last three months of 1936 five Viking OO-1 open cockpit seaplanes were obtained from the Viking Flying Boat Company of New Haven, Connecticut. These aircraft were derived from the Schravions Schreck-FBA designed by Louis Schreck. The Coast Guard had previously purchased a seaplane of this type, […]

1936: Coast Guard Cutters Designed to Carry Aircraft

1936 – Coast Guard Cutters Designed to Carry Aircraft jf-2 The aircraft and the cutter were teamed for the first time in 1936 when the first of seven Treasury Class 327 foot cutters was commissioned. A request had been made in 1933 for fast cruising cutters of  300 feet capable of carrying airplanes. Funding was […]

1935: Coast Guard Air station Port Angeles Established

1935 – Coast Guard Air station Port Angeles Established Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles — prior to world War II Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles was commissioned on 1 June 1935. It is located on Ediz Hook, a level sand spit extending from the mainland north and east into the Straits of Juan […]