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Then Commander Frank Erickson is shown
warming up a Piasecki HRP-1 in front of a
McDonnell Douglas hanger on July 19, 1949.
(Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard
Aviation Association)
in anti-submarine warfare.
Commander Erickson’s helicopter de-
velopment unit was decommissioned on
March 31, 1950. Commander Erickson
was reassigned to the Aviation Division
at Coast Guard Headquarters and later as
the Chief Search and Rescue Officer in
Buffalo, NY. Although he did get pro-
moted to Captain, he never again held the
position of Commanding Officer or flew
Coast Guard aircraft. Captain Frank Er-
ickson retired on July 1, 1954, after 22
years of commissioned service. He went
to work as a commercial test pilot and
later, after being grounded because of a
medical condition, worked in the aircraft
industry as an engineer (Erickson, F.,
1966). Although while on active duty he
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