A Project of the Coast Guard Aviation Association

1974: Air Station North Bend Oregon Established

Air Facility Newport HH-65C – airlifted injured logger for transport to hospital

The Coast Guard Air Station North Bend was commissioned 28 September 1974, as part of Group North Bend, co-located on the North Bend, Oregon, Municipal Airport. The airport is a former Naval Auxiliary Air Station and is located on the shore of Coos Bay. The original Group has grown since inception and now consists of … Read more

1973: Coast Guard Deployed Helicopters on Surface Vessels and Drug Interdiction Operations Begin

HH-52A helicopter landing on USCGC Decisive

In response to a growing drug problem, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. It replaced more than 50 pieces of drug legislation and is the legal foundation for government anti-drug operations. It went into effect on May 1, 1971 and was enforced by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) which operated … Read more

1972: The Coast Guard Uniform is Changed

Admiral Chester R. Bender became Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970. He felt that the Coast Guard should create a distinctly different uniform from that of the Navy and solidify the fact that the Coast Guard was a separate organization. Admiral Bender also felt that the traditional bluejacket enlisted uniform was demeaning for … Read more

1970: Air Station Cape Cod Massachusetts Established


Air Station Cape Cod crews fly both MH-60T “Jayhawk” helicopters and HC-144 “Ocean Sentry” fixed wing turboprops to perform a variety of Coast Guard missions. The primary mission, Search and Rescue (SAR), involves the protection of life and property in the offshore areas from the Canadian border to Long Island, New York. During the 1960s … Read more

1969: Air Station Cape May New Jersey Re-established

hh-52A and hh-65A

In 1926, a second Coast Guard Air Station was established at Cape May, New Jersey to deter rum-runners. The Air Station was decommissioned in 1938 due to a lack of funding. However, air patrol detachments were maintained at Cape May until 1941. During World War II, the Navy used Cape May again, this time for … Read more

1969: Simulator Training Program Initiated at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center

In early 1969 the long range aviation plan reflected a need for modification in the way the Coast Guard conducting aircraft training.  The Navy and the Air Force were diverging from the direction the Coast Guard was going and training was costing more while becoming less optimum. Headquarters authorized an initial budget of $3,000 and … Read more

1969 – Coast Guard Deploys a Detachment to Greece

The situation in Cyprus had brought Greece and Turkey, both NATO members, to the threshold of war. In the spring of 1968, a military junta overthrew the elected government in Greece and established themselves in power.  Tension between the Arabs and Israel was growing and would eventually lead to war. The United States was becoming … Read more