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That chrome throwback scheme

(Photo by CG AUX Bob Trapani)

(Photo by CG AUX Bob Trapani)

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and Coast Guard Station Rockland Me training with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and 47-foot motor life boats.

The Jayhawk helicopter is painted yellow to represent the “chrome” yellow paint scheme that Coast Guard and Navy helicopters used in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Examples include the Sikorsky HO3S-1G used from 1946 to 1955 and the Sikorsky HO4S used from 1951 to 1966.

It is one of 16 aircraft in the country during the centennial celebration of Coast Guard aviation. Altogether, three different Coast Guard aircraft types, including the Jayhawk and Dolphin helicopters as well as the HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, are receiving historic paint schemes representing various eras of Coast Guard air power.

If you are in the Beltway area on Friday, look up

Coast Guard air stations from North Carolina, New Jersey, Alabama and the District of Columbia will provide a nine aircraft sortie consisting of at least one of every aircraft type flown by the service to continue its celebration of its aviation centennial, and as such many will have historical paint schemes.

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The event will occur at noon on the 17th and Flyover viewing points will include: Morgan Boulevard Metro Station; Anacostia Park; 11th Street Bridge; Nationals Park; Fort McNair; Hains Point/East Potomac Park; Jefferson Memorial; Gravelly Point Park; Pentagon; Arlington, Virginia; and Falls Church, Virginia.