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Retro Coast Guard Helos Roll Out For Centennial

By Amy Kluber | May 20, 2016


As part of the U.S. Coast Guard aviation unit's centennial celebration this year, the service has painted some of its aircraft in historic paint schemes. Those aircraft are said to be returned to service and delivered to various stations around the U.S. throughout the year. In addition to two HC-144 fixed-wing search-and-rescue planes, the paint project (which was performed by PPG Industries' aerospace unit) includes 13 Sikorsky aircraft comprising of HH-52As, MH-60s and MH-65s.

An MH-60 Jayhawk painted in the typical scheme used in the 1940s to 1950s had already been delivered to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, earlier this year. 

An MH-65 Dolphin painted white with an orange stripe, typical for the aircraft from the 1980s to 1990s, also was delivered to Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon, in January.

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The National Air and Space Museum also received an HH-52A Seaguard last month. That aircraft is painted in 1975 colors: orange cockpit, rotor tail and banding; and white fuselage and tail.

The service officially began on April 1, 1916. 

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

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