Tribute to the Aviators

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Photo: U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2003.145.001 A Douglas Dolphin at the U.S. National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida (USA). This aircraft was originally purchased in 1934 by William E. Boeing, founder of Boeing Airplane Company, for use as a transport. It was sold in 1941 and subsequently flew with the Civil Aviation Administration and Alaska Airlines before Dr. Colgate W. Darden, III, purchased it. Darden’s father, Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr. former French Army and Lt. USMC, a U.S. congressman and Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was Naval Aviator Number 871. Darden later donated the aircraft to the museum. It is painted as a U.S. Coast Guard RD-4.
This is over two years old, but I don’t remember seeing it. Some history worth knowing. “The Coast Guard’s Role in Naval Aviation

2 thoughts on “Tribute to the Aviators

  1. One of the items skipped over in the history of Coast Guard aviation was the small fact that it wasn’t funded, albeit a small funding, until 1928. It was “created” in the 1916 Naval Appropriations Act but landed in an Senate amendment in the seven hundred numbers. This amendment stripped the original bill to nearly nothing. and the Coast Guard never got the civilian flight instructors the bill did authorize.

    I was disappointed in Captain Workman’s book. It is, as with so many other books on the Coast Guard, largely repetitious of past work, lacking in detail, and overly full of Navy. He did not explore the 1916 legislation at all. He also missed the Coast Guard’s cultural need for its officers to be competent seamen by requiring ALL officers to have continued sea time to be eligible for promotion. In the 1930s, the pilots complained about the sea time, but Waesche and Chiswell were concerned, rightly so, that to excuse pilots from sea duty would create two services within the Coast Guard. They were already having enough trouble with the personnel of the Life Saving Stations who did not consider themselves part of the Coast Guard.

    Maybe one day USCG aviation history will be done by a professional historian.

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