Sunday, February 14, 2016

Coast Guard to use retro colors on 16 helicopters, planes



ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - Workers at a logistics center in Elizabeth City will paint 16 search-and-rescue helicopters and airplanes in color schemes from the past as part of the Coast Guard's celebration of 100 years of aviation.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports (http://bit.ly/1PLaieJ) the choppers and plans will be painted at the Aviation Logistics Center.

The center's commanding officer says one color scheme is a deep blue with a combination of light gray and a touch of yellow, in honor of the amphibious "flying boat" aircraft that's traced back to the 1930s.

One is a bright yellow, in honor of the 1950s forerunners of the modern search-and-rescue helicopters. The third is predominantly white with orange trim, in honor of H-65 search-and-rescue helicopters when they first appeared in the 1980s.

Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/

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