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The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard Lighthouses and the history of the Flying Santa

Throughout the history of the U.S. Coast Guard’s aviation branch, the service’s aircraft have come to the aid of the American public in emergencies and in time of need. However, the holiday season provides a unique opportunity for private citizens to show their appreciation. Beginning in the Great Depression, aviator William “Bill” Wincapaw began the tradition of the Flying Santa.

100 years of Coast Guard aviation: Never losing sight

Lt. Darin Coleman, a pilot currently station at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

It is an absolute privilege to be a Coast Guard pilot. This has been my dream job since my dad took me to my first air show when I was 8 years old. The profession is not void of danger; the duties not lacking in uncertainty. But the prospect of helping perfect strangers while working as a team is as outstanding as I can conceive.

100 years of Coast Guard aviation: ‘Just another day on duty’

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

To me, being a Coast Guard aviator means belonging to a family whose ranks are filled with professionals of the highest caliber. The Coast Guard emblem is our crest; the golden wings on our chest are proof of membership. We share the view from above the clouds during our successes, and help put each other back together when a member is hard down.

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

100 years of Coast Guard aviation

Each and every day, Coast Guard aviation crews around the Nation take part in nearly every Coast Guard mission. From assisting with the establishment of crucial aids to navigation to conducting medical evacuations of mariners at sea to transporting endangered sea animals from coast to coast, Coast Guard aviation has a footprint on everything the Coast Guard does. But how did aviation become a part of the Coast Guard?

Honoring the legacy of Coast Guard aviation during Vietnam

Honoring the legacy of Vietnam aviation

“Their numbers were not large – their contribution was,” said Capt. Sean Cross. “They were all volunteers, many with spouses and families, who regularly put their lives on the line to save fellow airmen who were in peril of death or capture. Their focus was on Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.”