Tag: aviation

The Long Blue Line: Stone-Coast Guard Aviator #1 sets the record 100 years ago

Coast Guard aviators have always been at the forefront of technological change. So it should come as no surprise that 100 years ago, Elmer F. Stone became a driving force behind early Coast Guard aviation and served as a pilot in the Navy’s NC Seaplane Squadron One where he became the first man to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic.

Coast Guard members soar to the 29th annual Women in Aviation International Conference

All of the Coast Guard members who attended the Women in Aviation International 2018 Conference pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the event in Reno, Nev., March 22, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

More than 40 Coast Guard members attended the 2018 Women in Aviation International Conference in Reno, Nevada, in late March in which attendees participated in general aviation events by visiting booths and displays, attended educational sessions of their choosing, and interacted with others involved in the wide-reaching aviation community. The Coast Guard attendees returned to their units with renewed vigor, broadened knowledge and understanding and hopefulness for the future of the Coast Guard.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Air Station Clearwater

The Coast Guard sent two teams to compete in the military category of the 2017 Aerospace Maintenance Competition, a two-day event from April 25-27, 2017, presented by Snap-on Tools at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Team Clearwater took first place in the military division and were presented plaques celebrating their win.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. Kwang-Ping Hsu

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Kwang-Ping Hsu experienced his own version of the “American Dream” and served as a true role model for members of the Coast Guard’s long blue line. Hsu and his family fled China during WWII and adopted his new country with honor and dignity becoming the first foreign-born cadet at the Coast Guard Academy and serving the country for more than 30 years.

The Long Blue Line: Elmer Stone – innovator and aviator

Coast Guard aviators have always been in the forefront of technological change and put themselves in harm’s way to complete the mission. Coast Guardsmen have risked their lives to pioneer the development of the helicopter, and the rescue swimmer program; while others have served as astronauts in the Space Shuttle Program. Service personnel have flown rescue missions in all sorts of weather conditions from the jungles of Vietnam, to the treacherous Bering Sea, to the frigid ice cap of Greenland. So it should come as no surprise that a Coast Guard aviator was the first to cross the Atlantic by aircraft.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard’s distinguished aviation amphibian Arcturus

In the early 1930s, Coast Guard Commandant Frederick Billard decided to acquire state-of-the-art flying boats capable of performing rescues by landing on the open sea. The first aircraft designed from the start for Coast Guard use, these new amphibians became known as the Coast Guard’s “FLBs” or Flying Life Boats. These platforms helped shaped the history of Coast Guard aviation.