United States Coast Guard Air Stations

Summary

Coast Guard Air Stations
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Active1920-Present
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Coast Guard
TypeAir Station
RoleTo provide aviation missions and support

A Coast Guard Air Station (abbreviated as CGAS or AirSta) provides aviation support for the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard operates approximately 210 aircraft from 24 Coast Guard Air Stations in the United States. Fixed-wing aircraft, such as the HC-130 Hercules, are built for long range missions and operate from air stations. The MH-65D Dolphin and Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters also operate from Air Stations, Air Facilities and flight deck equipped cutters.

First District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York 1936 1998 [1]
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod Sandwich, Massachusetts 1970 Active Located on the Otis Air National Guard Base. Flies the HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and provide coverage from the Canada–US border to Long Island, New York. [2]
Coast Guard Air Station Salem Salem, Massachusetts 1935 1970 [3]
Coast Guard Aviation Station Ten Pound Island Gloucester, Massachusetts 1925 1935 First permanent Coast Guard Air Station [4]
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Fifth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City Atlantic City, New Jersey 1998 Located at Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey and provides aircrews and aircraft to the Washington, D.C. area as part of Operation Noble Eagle, a Department of Defense (NORAD) mission to protect the air space around the nation's capital. [6]
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1940 Enlisted Coast Guardsmen in aviation ratings receive their initial aviation training at the Aviation Technical Training Center(ATTC), which is co-located with the AirSta in Elizabeth City, NC. These two commands (AirSta and ATTC) are separate entities. [7]
Coast Guard Air Facility Norfolk Norfolk, Virginia 1987 1989 [8]
Coast Guard Air Station Washington Arlington, Virginia 1952 [9]
Coast Guard Air Station Morehead City Morehead City, North Carolina 1920 1922 Established in 1920 with surplus Curtiss HS and Aeromarine 40 flying boats loaned from the U.S. Navy; lost appropriation in 1922. [10]
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Seventh District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater Clearwater, Florida 1934 Active Located at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. [12]
Coast Guard Air Station Miami Opa-locka, Florida 1964 Active Located at the Opa-locka Executive Airport, formerly Naval Air Station Miami. [13]
Coast Guard Air Station St. Augustine St. Augustine, Florida 1989 1990 Located at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, formerly St. Augustine Airport. [14]
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Savannah, Georgia 1963 Active Located at Hunter Army Airfield, formerly Hunter Air Force Base. [15]
Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 1971 Active Located at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport, formerly Ramey Air Force Base. [16]

Eighth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Houston Houston, Texas 1963 Active Located at the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base [17]
Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas 1950 Active Located at the Corpus Christi International Airport [18]
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans Belle Chasse, Louisiana 1955 Active Located at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans [19]
Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama 1966 Active Located at the Mobile Regional Airport [20]
Coast Guard Air Station Biloxi Biloxi, Mississippi 1935 1966 Located at the Biloxi Municipal Airport [13]
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Air Patrol Detachment El Paso El Paso, Texas 1937 1939 Located at Fort Sam Houston [13]

Ninth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Chicago Glenview, Illinois 1969 1995 Located on Glenview NAS (Now closed)
Coast Guard Air Station Detroit Mt. Clemens, Michigan 1966 Active Located at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base [22]
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City Traverse City, Michigan 1946 Active Located at the Cherry Capital Airport [23]
Air Facility Muskegon Muskegon, Michigan N/A Active Detachment of Air Station Detroit [24]
Air Facility Waukegan Waukegan, Illinois N/A Active Detachment of Air Station Traverse City [25]

Eleventh District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay Humboldt Bay, California 1977 Located at Arcata-Eureka Airport. [26]
Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento McClellan, California 1978 Located at Sacramento McClellan Airport, formerly McClellan Air Force Base [27]
Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco San Francisco, California 1941 Colocated at San Francisco International Airport [28]
Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles California 1962 2016 This air station closed in September 2016 when they lost the lease on its facility at the Los Angeles International Airport to an expansion project. Administratively, its component units were relocated to Naval Air Station Point Mugu in Point Mugu, California and merged with/became a satellite of CGAS San Francisco. [28]
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[30]
Coast Guard Air Station San Diego San Diego, California 1937 Located adjacent to San Diego International Airport / Lindbergh Field, this air station previously operated both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, with access for the latter to the airport's 9,400 foot runway. Although fixed-wing aircraft are no longer based at this air station, access to the runway remains. [31][32]

Thirteenth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Astoria Warrenton, Oregon 1964 Active Established at Tongue Point in 1964 and moved to current location in 1966. [33]
Coast Guard Air Station North Bend North Bend, Oregon 1974 Active [34]
Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles Port Angeles, Washington 1935 Active Air Station Port Angeles is the US Coast Guard's oldest operational air station, in operation since 1935 and today supports three MH-65D Dolphin helicopters, which have been operating at the station since 1984.

Fourteenth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Kapolei, Hawaii 1949 Active Operations transferred from Kaneohe in 1949. Located at Kalaeola Airport, formerly Naval Air Station Barbers Point. [35]
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Sangley Point Cavite City, Cavite 1946 1971 Colocated with Naval Station Sangley Point. Provided aerial support for LORAN stations in the Philippine islands. [37]
SAR Wake
SAR Midway
Air Detachment Kaneohe Hawaii 1945 1949 [35]
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Air Detachment Guam Agana, Guam 1947 1972 Established at Naval Air Station Agana to provide LORAN support for western Pacific stations. [37]

Seventeenth District

Station Location Opened Closed Notes Reference
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Kodiak, Alaska 1947 Active Located at the Kodiak Airport, formerly Naval Air Station Kodiak. [38]
Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Sitka, Alaska 1977 Active Area encompasses Southeast Alaska to Alaskan-Canadian border and the central Gulf of Alaska [39]
Air Support Facility Cordova Cordova, Alaska 1980[40] Active [41]

Unknown

References

  1. ^ "Air Station Brooklyn, New York". United States Coast Guard. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Air Station Cape Cod". United States Coast Guard. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Air Station Salem, Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Air Station Ten Pound Island, Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard. 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  5. ^ "1926: The First Permanent Coast Guard Air Stations Established". Coast Guard Aviation History. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey". United States Coast Guard. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina". United States Coast Guard. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Air Station St. Augustine, Florida". United States Coast Guard. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Air Station Washington". United States Coast Guard. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Air Station Morehead City". United States Coast Guard. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  11. ^ "1920: The First Coast Guard Air Station, Morehead City, NC". Coast Guard Aviation History. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  12. ^ "USCG Air Station Clearwater, Florida". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "Historic Coast Guard Air Stations". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  14. ^ https://media.defense.gov/2017/Jun/25/2001768426/-1/-1/0/CGAVIATIONCHRONOLOGY.PDF
  15. ^ "USCG Air Station Savannah, GA". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  16. ^ "USCG Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  17. ^ "USCG Air Station Houston, Texas". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  18. ^ "USCG: Sector Corpus Christi". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  19. ^ "USCG Air Station New Orleans, LA". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  20. ^ "USCG Aviation Training Center, Mobile Alabama". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  21. ^ Morris, Ted Allan. "A Short History of Operations at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, Biloxi, Mississippi". Ted A. Morris. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  22. ^ "USCG Air Station Detroit, Michigan". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  23. ^ "USCG Air Station Traverse City, MI". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  24. ^ "USCG Air Station Detroit, Michigan". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  25. ^ "USCG Air Station Traverse City, MI". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Sector / Air Station Humboldt Bay". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Air Station Sacramento". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  28. ^ a b "Air Station San Francisco: History and Mission". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  29. ^ Green, Nick (23 January 2015). "Local Coast Guard station to shrink after Air Station Los Angeles at LAX shuts in 2016". Daily Breeze.
  30. ^ Orozco, Lance (9 September 2016). "Coast Guard Permanently Moving Air Station From Los Angeles To Ventura County". KCLU.
  31. ^ "Coast Guard Air Station San Diego". Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  32. ^ https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1125035/air-station-san-diego-50th-anniversary
  33. ^ "Group / Air Station Astoria" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  34. ^ "Group / Air Station North Bend" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  35. ^ a b "Air Station Barbers Point History". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  36. ^ a b "1949: Coast Guard Air Detachment Barbers Point Established". Coast Guard Aviation History. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  37. ^ a b "1946: Pacific LORAN and Post War Aviation Support; CG Air Detachments Sangley Point and Guam Established". Coast Guard Aviation History. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  38. ^ "Air Station Kodiak". U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, Seventeenth District. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  39. ^ "Air Station Sitka". U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, Seventeenth District. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  40. ^ "US Coast Guard names two new Coast Guard Cities in Alaska, Washington [press release]". U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  41. ^ "USCG: District 17 Units". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 23 January 2017.

42. https://cgaviationhistory.org/1969-coast-guard-air-station-chicago-established/

External links

  • Coast Guard Air Stations
  • "Coast Guard Grows Wings to Save Lives" Popular Mechanics, April 1936 list of USCG air stations in 1936