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                                Main Marking           

1915-1952

The main marking was displayed on the forward side of each hull or fuselage. The words "U.S. COAST GUARD" and under this the plane number was painted in  black or white block letters on each side of the hull or fuselage, depending upon the color of the background upon which they are applied. "U. S. C. G." was painted on the right and left underside of a monoplane wing.  On biplanes, this marking was applied to, each underside of the lower wing. The upper third of each side of the rudder was painted insignia blue with a clear cut horizontal line at the lower boundary.  Five vertical stripes of equal width were applied to the remaining section of each side of the rudder. The first stripe was red, the second white, the third red, the fourth white, and the fifth red. The airplane model designation was painted in white in block letters on the upper part of the rudder (on both sides) in the blue field. When the Coast Guard was transferred to the Navy in 1941 for the duration of World War II, the yellow tail band appeared on planes which were assigned to air-sea rescue.  Later, Navy colors were applied. After World War II the Coast Guard reverted to its original colors.


 

                 
                         Main Marking                                        Coast Guard Insignia

1952-Present

 

Fixed Wing Aircraft:

The National Insignia is applied to the topside of the left wing, to the under side of the right wing and on both sides of the fuselage. The letters USCG are applied in jet black letters on the top side of the right wing and the under side of the left wing. U.S. COAST GUARD is applied in jet black letters on both sides of the fuselage or hull. The Coast Guard insignia is applied to each side of the fuselage or hull. The Coast Guard airplane model designation and serial number are applied in four or six-inch high jet black letters at the after end of the fuselage. The last four digits of the airplane serial number are applied in black numbers in a white box on both sides of the nose of the airplane. The wing tips, above and below are painted fluorescent red orange, extending inboard to the inboard tip of the ailerons. The vertical and horizontal tail surfaces are painted fluorescent red orange. The vertical tail surfaces have an insignia white band about 30 inches wide located about halfway up. The white band shall be edged above and below with six-inch wide jet black lines. In the center of the white band, in jet black the name of the Coast Guard unit to which the airplane is assigned is applied.

 

Rotary Wing Aircraft:

The National Insignia is applied to both sides of the fuselage. The letters USCG are applied in large jet black letters to the underside of the fuselage. The top of the letters are to the port side. The words U.S. COAST GUARD appears in large jet black letters on both sides of the fuselage or tail cone. The Coast Guard insignia is applied on both sides of the fuselage. The Coast Guard helicopter model designation and serial number are applied in jet black letters on each side of the tail cone. The last four digits of the helicopter serial number, and the words COAST GUARD appear on the nose of the helicopter in jet black letters.

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