On a crisp afternoon, 1 April 1948, naval aviation was changed forever. Standing near the hanger that once housed the Hindenburg, Captain Clayton Marcy read the orders the established the U.S. Navy’s first two fleet-operated helicopter Squadrons. The Fleet Angels, Helicopter Utility Squadron One that went to the west coast, and Helicopter Utility Squadron Two that stayed in Lakehurst New Jersey.
Operating off of icebreakers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers, they moved thousands of tons of cargo, provided support for scientific research missions, rescued over 2,000 civilians and military personnel, and engaged in wartime missions
Today there is only one Fleet Angels Squadron. Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two. They are still carrying on the traditional missions of the iconic Fleet Angels. But now, to these missions, they have added the duties demanded by today’s world politics using the most sophisticated technology and flying skills. In the FLEET ANGELS their history, their struggles, their heroics, and their humor are captured by the stories and tales of the men who flew these crazy machines in the past and today’s men and women Fleet Angel crews.