Coast Guard Air Station
(CGAS) Cape Cod, Mass., conducted AUF proof of concept exercises with four HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters modified with an airframe-mounted area-fire weapon, shoulder-mounted weapon, upgraded radios, upgraded FLIR, head-up display, cabin floor armor, and pilot and copilot seat armor.
Another commanded Naval Air Station Chatham, Mass., and piloted
In March 1920, the Coast Guard's first air station was
abandoned naval air station and borrowed a few Curtiss HS-2L flying
permanent Coast Guard air station was established in 1926 at Cape May,
Coast Guard Air Station Salem, situated on Winter Island on the northern shore of Massachusetts, was established in February 1935 and remained in service until fall 1970.
During its first year, the air station performed 26 medevacs of troubled boaters.
Constructed with a sea lane especially designed for launching large flying boats, the air station played host to seaplanes such as the Vought VO-4, the larger General Aviation "Flying Lifeboats" of the 1930s and even larger flying boats/amphibians, including PBY Catalinas.
Salem's facilities were in pristine condition when it was turned over to the city, but vandals have rendered the former air station almost unrecognizable.
"I recently saw some pictures of the buildings at the old Coast Guard Air Station Salem.
In 2000, Historic Salem, Inc., placed Winter Island on the "Most Endangered Historic Resources" list, and the organization has since been actively advocating the revitalization of the old air station. Winter Island is also listed on the National Register as a Historic District and Archeological site.