Commercial aluminized coatings on substrates were hot corroded at 900 C in a 0.3 Mach burner rig with 5 ppm synthetic sea salt and at two cycling frequencies. Extensive post-exposure examinations were conducted on the corroded specimens such as metallography, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, microprobe raster scans, and spectrographic analyses. Thermodynamic calculations were made of the equilibrium burner flame composition and the calculations were compared to the experimental findings. It was found that localized spalling of the coatings preceded coating failure. It is suggested that the spalling of the coatings is due to the formation of localized stresses caused by the depletion of chromium and aluminum in the coating or the enrichment of the coating with sulfur. For the materials and test conditions investigated, it was found that coating life is dependent only upon the initial coating thickness and not on the type of aluminized coating, the substrate, or the cycle frequency.