ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Workers at a logistics center in Elizabeth City will paint 16 search-and-rescue helicopters and airplanes in color schemes from the past as part of the Coast Guard's celebration of 100 years of aviation.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the choppers and plans will be painted at the Aviation Logistics Center.

The center's commanding officer says one color scheme is a deep blue with a combination of light gray and a touch of yellow, in honor of the amphibious "flying boat" aircraft that's traced back to the 1930s.

One is a bright yellow, in honor of the 1950s forerunners of the modern search-and-rescue helicopters. The third is predominantly white with orange trim, in honor of H-65 search-and-rescue helicopters when they first appeared in the 1980s.