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c/n 442

C-GYOJ at Pine Falls, Manitoba.
Photo: Unknown photographer © - Ruben Husberg Collection

c/n 442

52-6079 • N5316G

C-GYOJ

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52-6079 USAF #1241. L-20 No: 242. Command AF-3. Delivered 20-Jan-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6079 Passed to US Army. Poss. with 15th Aviation Battalion 1st Cavalry.

52-6079 Served with South Dakota National Guard (marked 26079).

N5316G Civil Air Patrol Inc. Maxwell AFB., AL. Canx 07-Jul-1977.

C-GYOJ Regd Jan-1977.

C-GYOJ Eagle Aviation, Pine Falls, MB. Dates currently unknown.

C-GYOJ Silver Pine Air Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 30-Jul-1979 & re regd 03-Dec-1987. Canx 08-Jun-1988.

Note: Seen at Kitchener Airport, ON., 09-Oct-1982 with 600-hp engine, Pezetel 3S. Noted at Vancouver on demo tour 30-Oct-1982.

C-GYOJ V Kelner Airways Ltd., Pickle Lake, ON. Regd 14-Jun-1988. Canx 02-Jun-1989.

C-GYOJ Silver Pine Air Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 02-Jun-1989. Canx 21-May-1993.

C-GYOJ Campbell Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Regd 21-May-1993. Canx 31-May-1994.

C-GYOJ Wamair Services & Outfitting Inc., Matheson Island, MB. Regd 31-May-1994. Canx 11-May-1995.

C-GYOJ 996399 ON., Inc., Kenora, ON. Regd 31-May-1994.

C-GYOJ 996399 ON., Inc., Dugald, MB. Based Kenora, ON. Regd 11-May-1995.

Accident: Obukowin Lake, MB. 19-May-1995. The aircraft had departed the lake with pilot and one passenger but the pilot elected to return to the camp because of a forgotten item. The pilot was conducting a zero flap landing when the left float dug into the lake surface. Although the pilot was able to partially recover directional control was lost, the left wing tip impacted the lake surface and the aircraft then struck a dock. Neither occupant of the aircraft was injured but the aircraft received substantial damage. CADORS report 1995C0166

C-GYOJ Canx 10-Jun-1995 following accident.

• New owner: Jim Hrymack, Bassano, AB. Aircraft on five year rebuild in Calgary.

Photo: Jim Hrymack © August 2016

On Rebuild

USAF History

52-6079 was made available on 19-Dec-1952 and accepted on 12 Jan-1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was assigned to the Air Defence Command and delivered to the 4700th Air Base Group at Stewart AFB., NY on 30-Jan-1953. It moved across the base to the 9th Liaison Squadron on 15-Apr-1953 and then moved to Burlington AFB., VT., with this unit on 11-May-1953 remaining until 25-Sep-1953. It then transferred to the 528th Air Defence Group at Presque Isle, ME and then a short stay at Dow AFB., and the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron between 25-Nov-1954 and 11-Jan-1955 after which it returned to the 528th Air Defence Group until 15.Mar-1955. There followed a period of maintenance at Downsview in the middle of 1955 for six weeks, remaining until 05-Jun-1955.

Emblem of 49th FIS

It then passed to the Air Material Command and to the Middleton Air Depot at Olmstead, PA. It was stored until 17-Oct-1955 after which it was assigned to the US Army and possibly joined the 15th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry.

Its further military history will hopefully be researched in the future.

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