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ASTORIA, Ore. — A retired Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet made its final landing at Sector Columbia River’s Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Ore., Friday.
The Falcon, flown from where it served and officially retired June 21, 2013 at Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., was the primary fixed-wing aircraft for more than 30 years providing search and rescue, law enforcement, medical transportation and other services to the Atlantic Northeast.
The Falcon platform is being phased-out throughout the Coast Guard and is being replaced by the HC-144A Ocean Sentry.
The HC-144 Ocean Sentry is a more efficient platform with enhanced capabilities to remain in the air for a greater amount of time. The radar and imagery sensors represent the latest in technologies, and the new aircraft’s cargo ramp increases the amount of gear and supplies that can be delivered to a vessel or persons in distress.
The retired Falcon will remain at Sector Columbia River and soon go on permanent display.
“We are honored to welcome HU-25 Falcon 2104 to her final home at Air Station Astoria,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River Commander. “She is retiring after more than 30 years of distinguished service to the nation and Coast Guard. We look forward to preparing a display area where Coast Guard men and women and visitors to Sector Columbia River can view the 2104 for many years to come.”