The Ancient Order of The Pterodactyl is the result of the hopes, aspirations and hard work of a small band of kindred spirits. In the spring of 1977, Andrew Wall, George F. Thometz, Marion ‘Gus’ Shrode, and Norman L. Horton, all retired Coast Guard aviators, informally organized a fraternal association open to all pilots who had flown or were flying Coast Guard aircraft. The organization was later expanded to included all personnel who flew in Coast Guard aircraft under official orders. Only those who have willfully placed themselves in harms way and have known that innermost feeling which comes from personal experience resulting in saving life or property can understand the bonding and uniqueness of Coast Guard aviation crew members.
Above photo taken By: Tom Sperduto, PAC, USCG during training exercises in Atlantic City NJ
We had a great roost in San Diego from October 1-4 this year. Special thanks to Frank Leamy and his crew of dedicated volunteers, and to Captain Jonathan Spaner and the men and women of Sector San Diego.
CGAA/AOP has achieved much as a result of a large investment of member “sweat equity” and financial commitment in our most recent decade.
Together we will far surpass even this level of support for Coast Guard forces and the preservation and display of Coast Guard aviation history.
The Phoenix project is our effort to restore a museum quality HH-52A for display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.
This will be, the first and only Coast Guard aircraft on display in this prestigious collection for many years.