Coast Guard welcomes yellow-painted “throwback” rescue helicopter to Northeast skies

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod unveils its yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Friday, March 25, 2016 in the air station’s hangar. The yellow Jayhawk is one of six specially painted Coast Guard MH-60s donning the “throwback” chrome yellow paint scheme to celebrate 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod unveils its yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Friday, March 25, 2016 in the air station’s hangar.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

BOSTON — Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod unveiled its yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Friday during a ceremony at the air station.

The Jayhawk helicopter arrived in Cape Cod Wednesday and will operate out of Air Station Cape Cod for the next four years. The Jayhawk was delivered from Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and is one of six specially painted Coast Guard MH-60s donning the chrome yellow paint scheme that Coast Guard and Navy helicopters used in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Altogether, three different Coast Guard aircraft types, 16 in total, including the Jayhawk and Dolphin helicopters as well as the HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, are receiving historic paint schemes representing various eras of Coast Guard aviation.

Coast Guard aviation officially began April 1, 1916 when 3rd Lt. Elmer Stone reported to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. The Coast Guard is celebrating the centennial of Coast Guard aviation throughout 2016, with a variety of activities honoring the accomplishments and sacrifices of the men and women throughout the past 100 years.

Air Station Cape Cod is the only Coast Guard Aviation facility in the Northeast and is responsible for the waters from New Jersey to the Canadian border.

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