The Ancient Order of The Pterodactyl is the result of the hopes, aspirations and hard work of a small band of kindred spirits. In the spring of 1977, Andrew Wall, George F. Thometz, Marion ‘Gus’ Shrode, and Norman L. Horton, all retired Coast Guard aviators, informally organized a fraternal association open to all pilots who had flown or were flying Coast Guard aircraft. The organization was later expanded to included all personnel who flew in Coast Guard aircraft under official orders. Only those who have willfully placed themselves in harms way and have known that innermost feeling which comes from personal experience resulting in saving life or property can understand the bonding and uniqueness of Coast Guard aviation crew members.
Above photo taken By: Tom Sperduto, PAC, USCG during training exercises in Atlantic City NJ
A project of the CGAA, The Coast Guard Aviation History Website is a testimony to the achievements of Coast Guard Aviation in its first 100 years of service.
The site offers a full chronological history, a catalog of all aircraft used by the Coast Guard as well as many first person rescue stories and narratives.Visit the Site
Flight Suit Friday was created by a group of Coast Guard Aviators to share stories, discuss the art of search and rescue, and most importantly, to revel in this demanding, yet impossibly rewarding, job.
For any Coasties out there past or present, aviators, sailors, watchstanders – there are tales of heroism and rules of life we can all live by and enjoy listening to. We hope to expand our reach beyond the Mighty 65 as the show goes on.