Cape Cod Coast Guard to Receives New Rescue Aircraft
April 19, 2011
CapeCodOnline: A bevy of local, state and Coast Guard officials broke ground Friday on a new $23 million hangar at Air Station Cape Cod. The proposed facility will eventually house 4 new HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, used by Coast Guard officials for search and rescue.
The new aircraft will replace the aging HU-25 Falcon jets that have been in use since the early 1980s.
The Ocean Sentry is exponentially larger than the Falcon jets, said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, first district commander. But the real benefit is flight time.
While the Falcon jets are faster, they can only stay in the air for about 4 hours. The Ocean Sentry features 9 hours of flight time, Neptun said.
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