Air Station Sacramento celebrates 100 years of naval aviation

11th Coast Guard District NewsSACRAMENTO – Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in McClellan, Calif., hosted an open house celebrating 100 years of naval aviation, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

The event showcased several static displays, including a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. During the festivities, a live search and rescue demonstration featured a Coast Guard HC-130 conducting a flyover and drop plus a Dolphin helicopter hoisting operations showing how a rescue simmer recovers a simulated victim.

“I think it’s a great thing to let the public come in and take a look at what we do and how we execute our missions” said Capt. Mike J. Eagle, commanding officer of Air Station Sacramento.

The open house was one of several events all over the country celebrating the centennial of naval aviation and pioneers of naval aviators in the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Air shows, art exhibits, flyovers and tactical demonstrations nationwide are held for the year-long celebration. This particular event in McClellan was held in conjunction with the California Aerospace Museum.

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento was commissioned Sept. 5, 1978, and is located at the north end of McClellan Air Force Base. Air Station Sacramento’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement, logistics and support.

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