Restored USCG HH-52 Seaguard helicopter to be unveiled at Boeing Museum of Flight

13th Coast Guard District News
SEATTLE – A Coast Guard HH-52 Seaguard helicopter, which was restored by current and retired Coast Guard members, will be unveiled at the Boeing Museum of Flight, in Seattle, on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The unveiling will occur in conjunction with the Seattle-area American Heroes Air Show.  For more information on the air show, go to http://www.museumofflight.org/press/helicopters-fly-american-heroes-air-show-june-18.

Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, Commander of the 13th Coast Guard District and current Ancient Albatross is scheduled to speak at the HH-52 ceremony. Lt. Mark Haines, from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and HH-52 restoration leader, will be present.

The restored HH-52 is from Air Station Port Angeles, and the restoration project, which was completed by volunteers without the utilization of Coast Guard money, was led by Lt. Haines and Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Warren Ligon, USCG retired. Additional volunteers include, but are not limited to, Cmdr. Richard Hahn, Commanding Officer of Air Station/SFO Port Angeles; Chief Petty Officer Scott Steinbrink; Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Laxton; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Wilson. In addition, there were several other retired Coast Guard members who assisted with the restoration.

The Coast Guard acquired 99 of the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard helicopters, beginning in July 1962, and retired the last one in service Sept. 12, 1989, replaced by the HH-65A Dolphin. During its long service, the HH-52A Sea Guard was the Coast Guard’s primary short-range, search and rescue helicopter. The HH-52A was the military version of the Sikorsky Model S-62, the first turbine-powered helicopter to be certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency. The HH-52A had a watertight boat-hull fuselage making it capable of water landings and takeoffs, a key factor for the Coast Guard in selecting the aircraft.

The Coast Guard fleet of HH-52A is credited with saving more than 15,000 lives.

For more information on the Boeing Museum of Flight’s American Heroes Air Show, CLICK HERE, or contact Ted Huetter, Public Relations Manager for the Museum of Flight at (206) 768-7105, or thuetter@museumofflight.org.

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