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AIRSTA Ten Pound Island

Role: SAR, Law Enforcement.

In May of 1925 three seaplanes flew out of Gloucester, MA at Ten Pound Island. This essentially became the Coast Guard's first operational air station. Two more aircraft were added in 1932 as a result of the success in the law enforcement mission. In addition to its patrol mission, Ten Pound Island became a training facility for pilots and a laboratory for communication between aircraft and ship or shore stations.

Air Bases:
Base Duration
AIRSTA Ten Pound Island/Gloucester Harbor/MA 1925 - n/a

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Vought OU-1/4 1/2 1925 - n/a V104,V105
Douglas RD-2 Dolphin 1 1932 - 1937 V111


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