Capt Hsu

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.


Frigid flying feature

Below Zero: New England aircrews take on frigid winter weather

When the forecast calls for visible moisture, the risk of flying gets more challenging for the pilots and crew. Aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod are up for the challenge.


Elmer Stone Feature

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.


Amphibian Arcturus feature

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.


Love of Plane Feature

For The Love Of The Plane

Lt. Cmdr. Harry Greene has a passion for flying both on and off duty. He is a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and an aircraft enthusiast in his off-duty time.


100 years of Coast Guard aviation

100 years of Coast Guard aviation: Making your passion your profession

Today, when asked “What does being a Coast Guard aviator mean to me?” I would say that my answer has remained essentially unchanged: “Being able to ensure that somebody gets to wake up in the morning is what gets me up in the morning.”


100 years of Coast Guard aviation

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

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?


Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

Coast Guard aviation was born when 3rd Lt. Elmer Stone reported to flight training on April 1, 1916. Now, a full century later, 2016 will represent the 100th year of U.S. Coast Guard aviation.


Rear Adm. John Korn passes on traditional flight gear to Vice Adm. Charles Ray during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station New Orleans. Ray relieved Korn as the Coast Guard's 25th Ancient Albatross. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Carrying on an ‘ancient’ tradition

“I knew a helicopter could take you far, but I never imagined it would take me this far.”


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aux Jim Johnson

Just as lake effect snow and northern Michigan are one, so are U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary aviation and Jim Johnson. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, Mr. Johnson currently serves as the assistant 9th District staff officer for aviation and the auxiliary air coordinator for the 9th District central region.


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