HH-52A Sea Guard

The HH-52 took helicopter search and rescue to a new level when delivered in 1963.  With its watertight hull and stabilizing floats on each side of the fuselage, the Sea Guard could land on water or an ice cap to assist those in distress as well as pull them to safety using a rescue hoist.  The helicopter on display served for 24 years, accumulating over 13,737 flight hours and more than 800 search and rescue missions that saved over 600 lives.  When retired from service in 1987, it was one of the oldest helicopters flying in the Coast Guard.