The United States coast guard has but air power to work since the very first days of flight. Coast guard pilots have at their call the air assets necessary to locate, initiate and resolve a rescue in a matter of minutes.

What manner of aviator takes it upon themselves to meet the challenges of emergencies, always with the threat of being overwhelmed during the rescue? The answers that are revealed in this Challenge of Flight program tell volumes about a service that brings military flight discipline to situations so badly out of control that they are merely called evolutions.