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.


Edward Rowe Snow

History: The Flying Santa

Post written by William Thiesen, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian Throughout the history of  Coast Guard aviation, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft have been used to aid members of the general public or other federal agencies during emergencies and in times […]