Always Ready

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

Centennial Year

2016 is the Centennial of Coast Guard Aviation.

For the latest information on Centennial Events visit our new website dedicated to the Centennial of Coast Guard Aviation:




CGAA/AOP has achieved much as a result of a large investment of member “sweat equity” and financial commitment in our most recent decade.

Together we will far surpass even this level of support for Coast Guard forces and the preservation and display of Coast Guard aviation history.



Phoenix Project:
We Did It!

HH-52-A 1426 is now at the Smithsonian. The FIRST and ONLY Coast Guard Aircraft on display at Udvar-Hazy.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.


2015/2016 Sponsors

Platinum $10,000 or more

Gold $5,000- $9,999


Silver $1000- $4,999


Bronze $500- $999

VADM (Ret) USN Walter B. Massenburg