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N51FH landing at Roche Harbor, WA.
Photo: Todd Prodzinski © 30 June 2007
N51FH caught heading into her hangar.
Photo: David Lednicer © 27 May 2006
 N51FH Friday Harbour Beaver. San Juan Islands, WA.
Photo: Keith Simpson © 21 June 1994 - Aird Archives
  N51FH shown here on the ramp at Boeing Field, Seattle, WA.
 Photo: Neil Aird © 14 September 1995
Photo: © Stan Smith    
N84SD when used as a sky diving ship.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1988
N84SD early in her career.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1980 - Aird Archives
51-16505 at Craig Field, Florida.
Photo: L. B. Slides © January 1971 - Aird Archives

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51-16505 • N7375 • N84SD • N51FH

C-FTRO

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51-16505 USAF # 1097. L-20A No: 98. Command AF-1. Delivered 11-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

• Florida Army National Guard in 1971.

Airworthiness Date: 18-Sep-1974.

N7375 Regd 1974. No other details.

N84SD Robert Branch dba???, Mooresville, IN, Regd Jan-1979.

N84SD Nancy D. Jones, Memphis, TN. Regd 07-Apr-1988.

N51FH Nancy D. & Robert H . Jones, Friday Harbour, WA. Regd 23-Aug-1990 & 21-Jan-1993. Canx 06-Nov-2013.

C-FTRO Mackenzie Mountain Aviation Co., Fort St John, BC. Regd 13-Feb-2014.

Current

USAF History.

51-16505 was made available on 23-May-1952, accepted on 04-Jun-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Biggs AFB., El Paso, Texas on 11-Jun-1952 and joined the 1st Liaison Squadron remaining until 22-Jul when it moved to 3rd Liaison Squadron at George AFB., Victorville, California. It was then reassigned to the Air Material Command and went to the Sacramento Air Material Area, at McLellan AFB., California on 08-Jan-1953 and on to Burbank, San Francisco, California in Jan-1953 prior to embarkation to Japan and being assigned to the Far East Air Force.

Arriving in Japan on 29-Jan-1953 it was initially at the 6408th Maintenance and Supply unit at Kisarazu before joining the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki on 24-Mar-1953. A and it stayed until 03-Feb-1954 before passing to the 6400th Air Depot at Showa for maintenance. Returning to the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki on 29-Apr-1954 it spent almost eleven months operating with them until 15-Mar-1955 and then moved across to the 6101st Air Base Group until 17-Mar-1956.

The aircraft then moved to South Korea and Sachon AFB., for the 6146th Flight Training Group (FTN) and with the same group at Seoul from 27-Jul- until 04-Dec-1956. This unit was involved in training future South Korean pilots. It returned to Showa in Japan for a period of maintenance remaining until 21-Jun-1957 after which it returned to South Korea and Seoul for the 6146th Advisory (ADY) Group, re designated from Flight Training. It then transferred to Osan on 25-May-1958 joining the 6314th Air Base Group. Apart from a three month period back at the 6146th ADY Group, it spent the next five years until 10-Mar-1964 being deployed between various South Korean bases, Taegu, Kunsan, Kimpo, and Taegu. The unit was re designated as Support Wing on 20-Jul-1961.

On 10-Mar-1964 in went to the Logistics Command depot at Taegu operated by the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation presumably for maintenance, after which it returned to active service at Osan and the 6314th on 26-Apr-1964.

It was struck off charge from the USAF on 06-May-1967.

To United States Army National Guard. Noted still in service in January 1971 at Craig Field, FL.

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