1969: Coast Guard Air Station Chicago Established

 1969 – Coast Guard Air Station Chicago Established Commissioned in March 1969 by then-Commandant Willard J. Smith, Coast Guard Air Station Chicago, located on the Glenview Naval Air station, was the primary Search and Rescue unit for southern Lake Michigan. It was responsible for the waters from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Muskegon, Michigan and south to […]

1969: VC-11A Executive Transport Entered Service

1969 – VC-11A Executive Transport Entered Service. The first Turbojet Aircraft in Coast Guard Service The Coast Guard acquired a single Grumman Gulfstream II in February 1969 as a high speed executive transport for use by the Commandant and the Secretary of Transportation. A turbo-jet, purchased off-the-shelf, it was equipped with an Inertial Navigation System that […]

1969: Icebreaker Support Section (IBSEC) Established

1969 – Icebreaker Support Section (IBSEC) Established at Aviation Support and Training Center Mobile The Coast Guard’s first ship-helicopter operations were on icebreakers. In December 1946, the CGC Northwind participated in the U.S. Navy’s Operation High Jump, the largest Antarctic expedition ever. Northwind carried a Grumman J2F-6 “Duck” airplane and a single Sikorsky HNS-1 helicopter. […]

1967: HH-3F Helicopters Entered Coast Guard Service

1967 – HH-3F Helicopters Entered Coast Guard Service In November 1967 the US Coast Guard procured the first of the HH-3F Pelican Helicopters.   This twin turbine, medium range, amphibious, all weather helicopter extended the Coast Guard offshore search and rescue capabilities.  The HH-3F had a maximum speed of 142 knots with a normal cruise […]

1967: The Coast Guard Red Stripe Identification Symbol Was Adopted

1967 – The Now Familiar Coast Guard Red Stripe Identification Symbol Was Adopted and Was Incorporated Into the Aircraft Paint Scheme In the early ‘60s, America’s visual image had been neglected both inside as well as outside the United States. Since image building played an important role in the recent election of President John F. […]

1967: United States Coast Guard Transferred to the Department of Transportation

1967 – United States Coast Guard Transferred to the Department of Transportation In his 1966 State of The Union Message, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his intention to seek legislation creating a cabinet-level department that would oversee all federal transportation-related activities. The Coast Guard was to be part of this department. This was strongly opposed by […]

1967: Coast Guard – Air Force Pilot Exchange Program Initiated

1967 – Coast Guard – Air Force Pilot Exchange Program Initiated The Coast Guard Aviators Served With the Air Force Combat Air Rescue and Recovery Squadrons in Vietnam HH-3E Helicopter Painted in Jolly Green Livery The Joint Chiefs of Staff ordered that search and rescue forces be sent into Southeast Asia in May of 1964.  […]

1966: The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Established at Mobile Alabama

1966 – The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Established at Mobile Alabama The Basic Operational Training Unit (BOTU) formed at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, to provide standardized pilot/aircrew training for the HH-52, had been an unqualified success and Coast Guard Headquarters wished to extend the program to other aircraft.  Air station Savannah was […]

1966: Air Station Detroit Michigan Established

1966 – Air Station Detroit Michigan Established HH-65C “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station Detroit over the Detroit River with the RenaissanceCenter and downtown Detroit in the background. Commissioned in June 1966, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit is located twenty miles north of Detroit on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. Air Station personnel first occupied […]

1965 : Air Station Miami Moves from Dinner Key to Opa-Locka Airport

1965 – Air Station Miami Moves from Dinner Key to Opa-Locka Airport In November of 1965 the Coast Guard Air Station Miami relocated to the Opa-Locka airport located fourteen miles northwest of downtown Miami. The Air Station had been at Dinner Key since first established in June of 1932. The move was necessitated because of […]