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.
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
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