c/n 486

N104WB that time of year - again.
Photos: Ben Cogger © 13 October 2016
N104WB still winterized.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 09 May 2012
N104WB at her private dock on Campbell Lake, Anchorage.
Photos: Walt Schlotfeldt © July 2005
N104WB at Lake Hood for her winterlude.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 03 November 2004
N1078 showing vestiges of old markings 0-26109
Photo: Unknown photographer © January 1980 - Marcel Fluet-Lecerf Collection

c/n 486

52-6109 • N73829 • N73635 • N1078

N104WB

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52-6109 USAF #1271. L-20 No: 272. Command AF-3. Delivered 15-Apr-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

N73829 Details unknown.

N73635 US Air Force, Beale Air Force Base, CA. Regd date unknown. Canx 20-Dec-1962. Serial number is quoted as "1271" which is shown as its military acquisition serial.

Note: This period is when it is quoted to also have been at Beale with the 4126th Strategic Aerospace Wing with the civilian registration at the same time or at least immediately afterwards but its military deployment continued after Dec-1962.  See military history below.

N1078 Florida Division of Forestry, Tallahassee. FL. Regd May-1972 (Noted at Tallahassee, FL. Mar-1977).

Airworthiness cert 05-Jun-1987

N104WB Bass & Co Inc Anchorage, AK. Regd 21-Jul-1987 Re regd 19-Apr-2012.

For sale Oct-2011 $379,000US.

Total time: Shown as 5,100 hrs at Oct-2011.

Mods include: Three bladed Hartzell propeller. EDO 4930 straight floats, Kenmore Seaplane fins, overhead window, bubble passenger windows, large rear windows. Extended baggage area. Forward battery STC and Jasco alternator.

For sale with Wipaire Oct-2016. Now for $389,000US.

Total time: Shown as 5,160 hrs at Oct-2016.

N104WB Willian F McGeehan Jr., Trustee, Marshfield, MO, Regd 19-Oct-2016

Note shown on FAA register as 52-6109.

Current

USAF History

52-6109 was made available on 02-Apr-1953 to the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit of the USAF at Downsview, ON., and accepted on 05-Apr-1953. It was assigned to the Tactical Air Force on 15-Apr-1953 and attached to the 6th Liaison Squadron at Alexandria, LA. It suffered an accident, 16 mi. W of Alexandria, LA., on 09-Nov-1953 when it had a mid air collision with L-20A 52-6117 suffering category 3 damage. Pilot Bill J. Wassell. It next moved over to the 366th Fighter Bomber Wing at the same location on 18-Jan-1954. The location was renamed England AFB., on 23-Jun-1955 and the aircraft remained with the unit until 25-Sep 1957 after which it moved over to the 834th Air Base Wing which was re designated as the 401st Air Base Group on 01-Apr-1959.

The aircraft was now assigned to the Strategic Air Command from 11-Apr 1960 and was attached to the 4347th Combat Crew Training Wing at McConnell AFB., KS. On 10-Jun-1960 it transferred to Frances E Warren AFB., WY where it was attached to the 389th Combat Support Group. It then moved to Malmstrom AFB., MT. Here it joined the 4061th Combat Support Group on 06-Nov-1960 remaining until 16-Mar-1961. Its next move was to Biggs AFB., TX, being attached to the 95th Combat Support Group and then the 95th Bombardment Wing (BH) from 14-Apr-1961.

Emblem of the 95th Bombardment Wing

The Air Force had by now entered the missile age and this Beaver now moved to Beale AFB., CA for the 4126th Strategic Aerospace Wing. This posting lasted until 28-Nov-1962. It then transferred to the 92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing at Fairchild AFB., passing to Hagerstown, MD., on 30-Dec-1962 until 01-Mar-11963 after which it returned to Fairchild and the 92nd STA. It passed to the MASDC at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., on 05-May-1965 and returned to active service on 19-Oct 1965 with the Rhode Island ANG.

Its further USAF history is to be researched.

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