A restored Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter was dedicated into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The 1960s era HH-52A, which bore the tail number 1426, was renovated by Vector CSP and is now the only Coast Guard aircraft on display in a Smithsonian museum.
The 1426 helicopter spent many years at the North Valley Occupational Center’s aviation facility in Los Angeles until members of the Coast Guard Aviation Association became aware of it in 2012. Restoration work began in March 2015 and finished in November 2015.
“The National Air and Space Museum has always recognized the importance of the United States Coast Guard, but we have never had the opportunity to acquire and display an appropriate Coast Guard aircraft until now,” said Roger Connor, museum curator. “This HH-52A is fully representative of the service’s life-saving mission and is arriving just in time to celebrate the centennial of Coast Guard aviation.”