Historic Documents

Documents, including copies, reproductions and scans of documents, reports, articles, publications, etc., detailing the U.S. Coast Guard and its five predecessor agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Steamboat Inspection Service from the Coast Guard Archives and Special Collections, Coast Guard, and National Archives.

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Birth of the Rescue Helicopter by Tom Beard, 1998.

Tom Beard presented this paper to the Eleventh Annual Maritime Archaeology and History Symposium, February 13-15, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The original article came from research to the prologue of his history of Coast Guard rotary aviation entitled Wonderful Flying Machines: A History of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopters (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996).

Photo by: LCDR Tom Beard, USCG (Ret.)
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