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 […]

1935: Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg Established

1935 – Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg Established With the ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment Prohibition was repealed. Once again the primary emphasis of Coast Guard aviation would turn to rendering assistance to those in peril on the sea and its surrounding environment. To provide more effective life saving service along Florida’s western coast […]

1935: VIP Executive Transport Purchased

1935 – VIP Executive Transport Purchased Air travel for the Commandant and for Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau, an aviation enthusiast who had a great deal to do with the expansion of Coast Guard aviation, had been provided as needed by the RD-2 Dolphin. Included in the 1935 aircraft purchase was a Northrop RT-1 Delta […]

1935: Coast Guard Air station Salem Established

1935 – Coast Guard Air station Salem Established Coast Guard Air Station Salem In February of 1935 the Coast Guard established a seaplane facility at Salem, Massachusetts because there was no longer space to expand the Ten Pound Island Gloucester air station.  Air Station Salem was located at Winter Island, an extension of Salem Neck […]