Beginning in October 1989, when the Coast Guard was preparing to celebrate its bicentennial the following year, Proceedings has provided extra coverage of the nation’s third Sea Service in one issue annually. From that time through 2001, this focused attention was in the December issue. Since 2002, our yearly special content has been included in the August issue, the month the Coast Guard celebrates its 4 August 1790 birthday. This year not only marks the Coast Guard’s 226th year of service, but also the 100th anniversary for Coast Guard Aviation.
Proceedings commissioned longtime Proceedings editor, Naval Institute Press author, and Naval Institute oral historian Paul Stillwell to develop a pictorial to commemorate the Coast Guard’s “Century in the Air.” Unfortunately, we did not have enough pages to feature all the great Coast Guard aircraft. We invite fans of an aircraft not depicted to send a brief account of contributions made by that bird to us. We will publish those accounts and photos in future issues.