1948: Coast Guard Provides Aviation Support for the Treasury Department’s Alcohol Tax Unit

1948 – Coast Guard Provides Aviation Support for the Treasury Department’s Alcohol Tax Unit The history of the United States Coast Guard extends back to the founding of the Republic. One of the acts of the first Congress was to establish protective tariffs to generate revenues for the new nation. To enforce these tariffs Congress authorized […]

1947: Coast Guard Air Detachment Kodiak Alaska Established

1947 – Coast Guard Air Detachment Kodiak Alaska Established The USCGC Spencer, a newly commissioned 327 foot Treasury Class cutter, was enroute to Cordova, Alaska where it would be based. The 327 foot cutters were capable of carrying an aircraft.  Captain Lloyd Chalker, the Chief of Coast Guard Aviation, directed Lt. C.F Edge to put […]

1947: Coast Guard Air detachment San Juan Puerto Rico Established

1947 – Coast Guard Air detachment San Juan Puerto Rico Established Puerto Rico and adjacent Caribbean Islands were in the Tenth Naval District and part of the Caribbean Sea Frontier and for short time after World War II there was a Tenth Coast Guard District. An air detachment consisting of Chief Aviation Pilot Fred Guild, […]

1947: Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Base Established

1947 – Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Base Established Between 1935 and 1941 aeronautical supply support was achieved by the individual air stations requisitioning from the US Navy and purchasing directly from the manufacturers for those aircraft not provided for in the naval supply system. The Report of the Secretary of the Treasury for […]

1946: Operation HIGH JUMP

1946 – Operation HIGH JUMP HNS-1 on the water off the Greenland Coast The American political environment, territorial claims of several governments, and deteriorating Soviet-American relations created the opportunity for the United States Navy to heavily expand polar operations. The purpose was both strategic and exploratory. It was deemed to be in America’s best interest […]

1946: Coast Guard acquires PB-1G Long Range Search and Rescue Aircraft

1946 – Coast Guard acquires PB-1G Long Range Search and Rescue Aircraft In 1944 specifications were drawn up by the US Army Air Force for a 27 foot boat, with two engines, providing a speed of 8 knots, designed to be carried by an aircraft and dropped by parachute. The Higgins Company built the boat […]

1946: International Ice Patrol – Aerial Surveillance Becomes Primary

1946 – International Ice Patrol Aerial Surveillance Becomes Primary At 11:40 pm April 14, 1912, four days after departing Southhampton, England, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg 400 miles south of Newfoundland, with the loss of over 1500 people. This disaster was the impetus for the establishment of the International Ice Patrol. Media coverage […]

1946: Post War Helicopter Development

1946 – Post War Helicopter Development In January of 1946 work on the new sonar, designated XCF, moved ahead. Dr. Coop and assistants redesigned certain components and improved the electrical components. The Coast Guard took delivery of a new 450-horsepower HO2S and by March 12 the sonar had been installed and tested. Graham and  his […]

1946: Pacific LORAN and Post War Aviation Support

1946 – Pacific LORAN and Post War Aviation Support; CG Air Detachments Sangley Point and Guam Established LORAN (LOng RAnge Navigation) is a terrestrial navigation system using ground-based transmitters. Hyperbolic LORAN lines of position (LOP) are formed by measuring the difference in reception times of synchronized signals. A LORAN net, or chain, requires a master […]

1946: Coast Guard Air Detachment Argentia Established

1946 – Coast Guard Air Detachment Argentia Established On 12 July 1945, administrative control of VPB-6 (CG) was transferred from Commander FAW-9 to the Commandant U.S. Coast Guard. Operational control remained with Commander Task Force 24.0. It was reduced to six PBY-5A aircraft and redesignated a search and rescue squadron. Two PB4Y-1 aircraft were assigned […]