U.S. Coast Guard Aviation History

A photo of the first Coast Guard aviation group, circa 1916

"The Class of 1916"
The first Coast Guard aviation personnel, 22 March 1917.

HC-144 in flightGeneral Coast Guard Aviation History:

Fixed-Wing Aviation:


Rotary-Wing Aviation:

Pilots & Aircrews:

Rescue Swimmer Program:


CGC Boutwell's aviation detachment from AIRSTA Barber's Point off Iraq in March of 2003

Biographies of Famous Coast Guard Aviators & Aviation Crewmen:

A photo of helicopter pioneer and Coast Guard officer Frank Erickson at his desk

Elmer F. Stone
Benjamin A. Bottoms
Richard Burke
Frank A. Erickson
David Gershowitz
Stewart Graham
William J. Kossler
Donald B. MacDiarmid
John A. Pritchard
Jack Rittichier
Victor V. Utgoff
Carl C. Von Paulsen
Bobby C. Wilks

Coast Guard Aviators' Oral Histories & First-Person Accounts:

Accounts & Documentation of Historic Rescues, Flights, and/or Operations:

Historic Documents, Regulations, Flight Manuals & Other Professional Aviation-Related Publications:

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