HH-3F 1486 Refurbishment Campaign

CGAA membership recently approved to undertake a mini-restoration of HH-3F CG-1486 for display at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) located at NAS Pensacola, Florida. CG-1486 will be added to the Coast Guard display with easy access for the public up close or through a large viewing window. 2018 is the 75th Anniversary of Naval Helicopter Aviation. We undertake this addition to the NNAM Coast Guard exhibit to highlight the Coast Guard’s important role in developing the helicopter’s central role in Naval Aviation.

Let’s Put the Big Iron Up Front!

SITREP 3

SITREP 4

The Bluebird Rescue and CG-1486

On the night of December 10, 1987, Captain Jim Blades and his 6-year-old son, Clint, made a distress call to the Coast Guard after fierce winds and waves forced their fishing vessel, the Bluebird, onto rocks off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. A rescue helo was sent out and immediately encountered heavy snow and severe turbulence. This video records the first-hand accounts of the aircrew of the HH3F 1486 and Clint Blades. This is the first rough water rescue by a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer"

Film courtesy of Chris Whiddon, son of CDR John Whiddon, Pilot

Be a Member of the CG-1486 Crew:


Donations are now closed. Thanks to everyone who helped us meet our goal!

Big Iron Level

  • Retired/Active Officers - $400 and greater
  • Retired/Active Enlisted - $300 and greater

Benefits

  • Life time membership to CGAA if not already a life member
  • Name Tag part of the permanent display
  • CGAA’s HH-3F / 75th Anniversary of Naval Helicopter Aviation commemorative coin
  • Certificate of Appreciation

Long Range Level

  • Retired/Active Officers – $200 to $399
  • Retired/Active Enlisted – $100 to $299

Benefits:

  • Name Tag part of the permanent display
  • CGAA’s HH-3F / 75th Anniversary of Naval Helicopter Aviation commemorative coin
  • Certificate of Appreciation

High Hover Level

  • $50 to $99

Benefits:

  • CGAA’s HH-3F / 75th Anniversary of Naval Helicopter Aviation commemorative coin
  • Certificate of Appreciation

Ground Taxi Level

  • Below $50

Benefits:

  • Certificate of Appreciation

Donate Online: 

Follow the prompts below to donate online. To be included as crew, send your nametag to the below address.



Donate by Snail Mail : 

Send your name tag along with your donation (Check to be made out to CGAA) and be included as the CG-1486 crew. If paid by credit card, simply send your nametag.

Mail check and nametag to:

Jay Crouthers (CG-1486 Refurb Support)
1014 Dockser Drive 
Crownsville, MD 21032-1226

If you need a nametag, here is a good place to get them.  Include Velcro backing please:

Wings & Things
3815 W. Navy Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32507
Phone: 850-455-3081
Web: www.wings-and-things.com

For more information contact campaign committee members Mark D’Andrea, (727) 288-6679 or Jay Crouthers,  (410) 279-4221.

The Coast Guard Aviation Association is a recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Gifts to CGAA are tax-deductible to the extent that the law provides. Our EIN number is 33-0161887.