August 7, 2015, 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.
Countless lives have been saved by Coast Guard aviators since that time through a myriad of operations that range from traditional search and rescue cases to hurricane and disaster response. Additionally, Coast Guard aviators have served the country in all major conflicts, secured our borders, aided the maritime transportation system, combated smuggling on the high seas, enforced U.S. and international law, safeguarded the nation’s fishing stocks and protected the delicate maritime environment from pollution.
The Coast Guard will proudly tell its story during a year-long commemoration of rich aviation history.
The logo below was designed by Seaman Kent Moore, who was recently stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida. He is currently en route to aviation maintenance technician A-school in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The schooling will prepare him for his career in Coast Guard aviation.
The logo showcases some of the airplanes and helicopters that carried out the many missions of Coast Guard aviation. These aircraft are shown flying over “Wings of Gold”, designation insignias worn by pilots, aircrew, and rescue swimmers.
These insignia and the logo itself represent the devoted Coast Guard men and women who bravely fly these aircraft into the storm and will continue to do so into the next century.