Grumman E2C “ Hawkeye” Contained in the Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was a provision for an the Coast Guard to form an air interdiction unit operating E2C aircraft. The Navy was to provide the aircraft and provide support facilities to operate the aircraft. Naval Air Station Norfolk was the designated naval support facility for E2C aircraft and became the initial site of CGAW1. A CGAS would later be established at St. Augustine, Florida for E2C operations The E-2C Hawkeye is an all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning command and control aircraft. The E-2 is a twin engine, five crewmember, high-wing turboprop aircraft with a 24-foot diameter radar rotodome attached to the upper fuselage. It is equipped with an electronically advanced radar package. The E-2C was an ideal platform to initially acquire targets, closely control intercept aircraft, data link a “real time” picture to an operations center, and provide command/control services for other aircraft. Initially intercept missions were assigned by the South Florida Interdiction Center. When C3I [...]
Gulfstream C-20B "Gulfstream III" The C-20B was a twin-engine turbo fan Long Range Command and Control (LRCC) was obtained by the Coast Guard in 1985. The G-III was the only dedicated command and control support aircraft in the Coast Guard inventory during its term of service. It served as the Commandant's and the Secretary of Transportation's executive jet transport. The Gulfstream III was designed as an improved variant of the Grumman Gulfstream II. Design studies were performed by Grumman Aerospace Corporation in collaboration with Gulfstream American Corporation. Work began on design modifications. The C-20B retainrd the Gulfstream II wing box structure and trailing edge surfaces. The inboard wing was extended in chord and re-contoured, to reduce the aircraft’s high-speed drag. The wing span was increased by six feet and five-foot winglets were added. In addition, the fuselage was lengthened by an additional two-foot section aft of the main door and the radome was extended and re-contoured. A new curved windscreen was incorporated, changes were made to the cockpit instruments and autopilot and the [...]
Grumman VC-11A “Gulfstream II” 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. It was the successor to the highly successful G-159 Gulfstream I (VC-4A). The G1159 design retained much of the VC-4A fuselage and was also fitted with dual nose and main-wheels. New wings with 25 degrees of sweep and swept T-tail were designed. .A turbo-jet, purchased off-the-shelf, it was equipped with an Inertial Navigation System that allowed it to go any place in the world without outside input. It was based out of Washington National Airport. The VC-11A flew an average of 600 hours per year and carried an average of 6.5 passengers per flight. Manufacturer: Model: Year: 1969
1963 - The VC-4A “Gulfstream I” The Coast Guard acquired a special ordered G-159 Gulfstream 1 executive transport from Grumman Aircraft Corporation on 19 March 1963. Designated VC-4A it was based out of National Airport in Washington, D.C. and used to provide air transportation on a demand basis, to the Secretary of Treasury and members of his staff, the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard and members of his staff and such other personnel as may be authorized by the Commandant. The Gulfstream, a commercial aircraft designed for civil use required the implementation of a support system and aircraft maintenance procedures. LCDR John Moseley was assigned this project. Extensive consultation with the Grumman Aircraft Corporation and Atlantic Aviation Incorporated resulted in a maintenance procedure that was unique for its time in that the aircraft was constantly under check but never out of service except for grounding discrepancies and/or major component change requirements. The system proved very successful and was used by NASA for its fleet of G-159 aircraft. Parts support [...]
Grumman UF-1G/2G (later HU-16E) "Albatross" The Albatross, known by those who flew it as the “Goat”, proved to be ideal for the Coast Guard. It could operate from both land and water. For take-offs in open sea or short field operations it could be fitted with JATO affixed to each side of the aft fuselage. The external store racks fitted to each wing were used to carry 295 gallon drop tanks. When combined with the fuel capacity of the main tanks and fuel carried in the wing floats a range of over 2100 nautical miles and 14 plus hours in the air, with sufficient fuel reserve, was obtained, making it an excellent search vehicle. AN/APS-31A search radar was fitted in the nose. HF SSB receivers, interrogators, and MF/VHF/UHF direction finding equipment was standard. Sheltered water take-offs and landings at weights up to 32,000 pounds were possible without the use of JATO. Open sea operations were possible under favorable conditions with JATO. With [...]
The initial production of 41 aircraft was delivered to civilian customers and the Portuguese Navy. Production then switched filling orders for both the Navy and Coast Guard for a light amphibian utility transport designated as J4F-1. The Coast Guard acquired 25 J4F-1 aircraft purchased in two groups.
Grumman developed the G-21 Goose as a civilian transport aircraft designed to meet the needs of wealthy business organizations. It was put on the market in 1937. The Navy began acquiring the G-26 version in 1938 and designated them as JRF, Seven G-39 design aircraft designated JRF-2, were built to Coast Guard specifications, and were purchased by the Coast Guard in 1939 and 1940.
The Coast Guard obtained fourteen JF-2's. The first was acquired in October of 1934. They were designed specifically for the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard numbers were V-135 through V148 The JF-2's played an instrumental role during the Coast Guard's testing of air operations on board its cutters.