N62197 at Summit Airfield, with new footwear.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 15 July 2013
N62197 at Healy, 22:30 on midsummer's day.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 21 June 2013
N62197 at Talkeetna taking another load of climbers to Denali.
Photo: Nigel Hitchman © 26 May 2005
N62197 at the Cooper's Landing dock.
Photo: Chuck Stewart  © July 1999 - Aird Archives
N62197 at Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK.
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Howard Valiant Collection - Air Archives.
N62197 at Oswego, upstate New York.
Photo: © Neil Aird
N62197 at Painted Post, New York (7N1) in mid 1990's.
Photo: © Melvin Reed
56-0419 at Tipton AAF., Fort George G. Meade, MD.
Photo: Stephen Miller © 30 August 1972
56-0419 of Continental Air Command.
Photo: Frank MacSorley © 23 December 1971 - Lenn Bayliss Collection





56-0419 US Army # 1757. L-20 No. 758. Command A-11. Delivered 09-Jan-1958. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

56-0419 Served with Continental Air Command.

Sold at auction 19-Jun-1974 at Ft. George G. Meade, MD.

Bought by Morse Aero Inc., Utica, NY.

N62197 Al C. Hollands, Newfane, VT. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990. Regd Feb-1991.

N62197 Robert S. Weichert, Baldwinsville, NY. Regd 13-Feb-1991. On USCAR at 29-Feb-1992.

N62197 Richard W. Gattis, Wasilla, AK. Regd Nov-1993. On USCAR at 01-Oct-1994.

N62197 Gattis Aircraft Ltd., Wasilla, AK, 21-Jul-2000. Operated by Don Geeting Aviation at Jun-2002.

Accident: Talkeetna, AK. 13-Jun-2002. The wheel/ski-equipped aircraft sustained substantial damage when it encountered rough terrain while taxiing after landing at an off-airport site. The accident site was on the Tokositna Glacier, 30 miles northwest of Talkeetna, AK. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand charter flight under Title 14, CFR Part 135, when the accident occurred. The airplane was registered to Gattis Aircraft, Inc., and operated by Doug Geeting Aviation, Talkeetna. The certificated commercial pilot and the six passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Talkeetna Airport, Talkeetna, about 1015. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on June 15, the pilot reported that after an uneventful glacier landing, he wanted to reposition the airplane to an area that was better suited for unloading his passengers. He said that as he taxied the airplane up the glacier, the airplane's tailwheel entered a hole in the hard-packed snow, and the left elevator horn dug into the snow. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left elevator. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane. NTSB report ANC02LA051

Mods Include: Edo 6470 floats with hatches, Kenmore mods including extended baggage area with enlarged door, improved 5,370 lb. gross weight, forward battery and JASCO alternator. Operates on floats and wheel / skis.

Colour scheme: Overall white with metallic green accent through windows, wing leading edge and tips, tail fin accent and finlets when worn, all with gold trim.

Note. For sale at Gattis Aircraft. Feb-2008.

To be repaired


N62197 caught "road-running" at Whitehorse, YT.
Photo: Kyle Cameron © 12 December 2014