U.S. Coast Guard Aviation History

U.S. Coast Guard Aviation History

Grumman HU-16s on the flight line.


Types of Fixed Wing Aircraft, Serial Numbers, and Histories (click on aircraft type for information); Index is organized alphabetically by aircraft manufacturer, Coast Guard designation, and first year of acquisition by the Coast Guard.  Please note that any flight manuals have been provided courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Association.

Aeromarine Model 40F Flying Boat, 1920

Beech JRB-4/5 Expeditor, 1943

Boeing PB-1G Flying Fortress, 1945

Chance-Vought O2U-2 Corsair, 1934

Consolidated N4Y-1, 1932
Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-1P Liberator, 1944: (Flight Manual)
Consolidated Vultee PBY-5A / 6A Catalina, 1941: (Flight Manual)

Convair HC-131A Samaritan, 1976: (Flight Manual)
Convair PB2Y-3 Coronado, 1944
Convair PB4Y-2G [P4Y-2] Privateer, 1945

Curtiss "BT" Flying Boat (twin propellers) 1916
Curtiss "F" Flying Boat, 1915
Curtiss HS-2L Flying Boat, 1920
Curtiss MF Flying Boat, 1925
Curtiss R5C-1 Commando, 1943
Curtiss R-6, 1917

Curtiss SO3C-1/2, 1943
Curtiss SOC-4, 1938

Dassault-Breguet HU-25A / B / C Guardian, 1977

Douglas O-38C, 1931
Douglas R4D-5 Skytrain, 1943
Douglas R5D-3/4 Skymaster, 1945
Douglas RD-1/4 Dolphin, 1932

Fairchild C-123B Provider, 1958
Fairchild J2K-1, 1937

General Aviation (Fokker) PJ-1 / PJ-2 Flying Boat, 1932

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, 1987
Grumman J4F-1 / 2 Widgeon, 1941
Grumman JF-2; J2F-5 / 6 Duck, 1934
Grumman JRF-2/3/5 Goose, 1939
Grumman UF-1G/2G (later HU-16E) Albatross (or Goat), 1951; History; Photo Gallery
Grumman VC-4A Gulfstream I, 1963
Grumman VC-11A Gulfstream II, 1965

Gulfstream Aviation C-20 B Gulfstream IV, 1983
Gulfstream Aviation C-37A, 2002

Hall PH-2/3 Flying Boat, 1938

Howard GH-2/3 Nightingale, 1944

Lockheed HC-130 B/H/J Hercules, 1959; also EC-130E

Lockheed R30-1 Electra, 1936
Lockheed R-50-1/4/5 Lodestar, 1940

Loening OL-5, 1926

Martin P5M-1G/2G Marlin, 1954: (Flight Manual)
Martin PBM-3C/3D/3S/5, 1943
Martin RM-1Z (VC-3A) 4-0-4, 1953

Naval Aircraft Factory, N3N-3, 1940

North American SNJ-5 Texan, 1943

Northrop RT-1 Golden Goose, 1935

Schreck-Viking OO-1, 1931

Schweizer RG-8A Condor, 1986
Schweizer, RU-38A Twin Condor, 1989

 Sikorsky S-39; 1930-1935 (on loan from Sikorsky)

Standard NT-2, 1934

Stearman (Boeing) N2S-3, 1946

Stinson OY-1/2 (L-5) Sentinel, 1948
Stinson RQ-1 (XR3Q-1) Reliant, 1934

Vought OS2U-2/3 Kingfisher, 1942
Vought UO-1 (UO-4), 1925

Vultee SNV-1, 1942

Waco J2W-1, 1937


Prototypes, test aircraft and miscellaneous acquisitions:

  • CASA-212 300 Aviocar
  • Cessna Citation 500
  • Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver
  • Israeli Aircraft Industries Commodore Westwind 1123
  • North American B-25J Mitchell (44-31357)
  • MH-90 Enforcer (MD900); MD Helicopters; 1999
  • UAV HV-911 Eagle Eye; Bell Helicopters; 2003

Types of Rotary Wing Aircraft, Serial Numbers, and Histories (click on aircraft type for information); Index is organized alphabetically by aircraft manufacturer, Coast Guard designation, and first year of acquisition by the Coast Guard:

Aérospatiale, HH-65 Dolphin, 1984

Agusta Helicopters, MH-68 Mako, 2001

Bell, HTL-1/4/5/7, 1947
Bell, HUL-1G, 1959

Kaman K-225 Mixmaster, 1950

MD Helicopters: MH-90 Enforcer, 1998

Piasecki HRP-1 Flying Banana, 1948

Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican, 1968
Sikorsky, HH-52 Seaguard, 1963: (Flight Manual)
Sikorsky, HH-60 Jayhawk, 1990
Sikorsky HNS-1 Hoverfly, 1943

Sikorsky HOS-1 (R-6) Hoverfly II, 1945
Sikorsky HO2S-1 (R-5A), 1946
Sikorsky HO3S-1G Dragonfly, 1947
Sikorsky HO4S-2G / 3-G (HH-19G) Chickasaw, 1951
Sikorsky HUS-1G (S-58; HH-34), 1959
Sikorsky HO5S-1G, 1952


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