The Mariel Boatlift out of Cuba in the summer of 1980 called for a large amount of USCG air assets to deploy to NAS Key West FL to support the humanitarian effort. this shot was taken on 3 Jul 1980. Many of the photos shown here were during that operation.
HH-52A 1398 at Key West, 25 Jul 1980, out of CGAS Brooklyn NY; Floyd Bennett Field.
An HH-52A (1416) marked for polar operations at the training center at CGAS Mobile, 4 Jan 1983.
HH-3F Pelican 1438 from CGAS Borinquen, PR (the former Ramey AFB) at Key west, 22 May 1980.
Grumman HU-16E Albatross 7247 at NAS Corpus Christi TX, 6 Jun 1976.
The Mariel Boatlift was the "last hurrah" for the Coast Guard HU-16 "Goats"; 1293 taxis at Key West on 8 Nov 1980, out of CGAS Cape Cod.
HC-130B 1342 out of Elizabeth City NC at Key West on 2 Jul 1980.
The Coast Guard's "one of a kind" EC-130E, out of CGAS Clearwater FL, at Key west on 1 Jul 1980.
As they retired older aircraft the Coast Guard acquired former Air Force C-131s to use as patrol aircraft. This is HC-131A 5800 (ex USAF 52-5800) at Corpus on 10 Feb 1979.
HC-131A 5799 (ex USAF 52-5799) from Traverse City MI at Key West on 3 Jul 1980.
HU-25A 2107, still new, at Mobile 4 Jan 1983.
HH-65A 6544, out of Savannah, at NAS Whidbey Island WA, 10 Aug 1988.
VC-4A 02 at Key West, 27 May 1980, out of Washington DC.