• 51-16560 USAF #1173. L-20 No: 174. Command AF-1. Delivered 09-Oct-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.
• 51-16560 California Air National Guard.
• N17396 On USCAR in 1970 regd to Air National Guard California, Mission TX.
Noted at Davis Monthan 23-Sep-1974 wearing these marks.
• 51-16560 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ, 08-May-1973 to 17-Feb-1976. PCN (Product Control Number) HS188.
• N17396 Thompson Flying Service, Salt Lake City, UT. Regd Jan 1976.
Note: Purchased by Thompson Flying Service at Davis Monthan auction sale on 29-Jan-1976 for US$26,000. Sold as “no reasonable potential for normal certification”. Commented upon at time of sale as having old wings, rear data plate and in average condition.
• N17396US. Department of Agriculture, Mission, TX. Dates currently unknown
• N111EB Dick Wright, Anchorage, AK. Regd Mar-1977.
• N111EB Thompson Aircraft, Salt Lake City, UT. Date unknown
• N111EB Larry E. Boyd, Anchorage, AK. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990.
• N111EB Wolf Trail Lodge Inc., Anchorage, AK. Regd 27-Aug-1990. On USCAR at 29-Feb-1992 & 01-Oct-1994.
Airworthiness date: 26-May-1993.
• N111EB Leased to Uyak Air Services, Kodiak, AK.
• N111EB Larry E. Boyd / Uyak Air Service, Kodiak, AK. Regn date unknown as still show on FAA record as regd to Wolf Trail. Expiry date 30-Jun-2015.
51-16560 was made available on 10-Sep-1952, accepted on 29-Sep-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command at Alexandria AFB., LA., and the 6th Liaison Squadron on 10-Oct-1952, remaining for some 15 months until being passed to the 366th Fighter Bomber Wing. Alexandria was re named England AFB on 23-Jun-1955 and the aircraft remained with the 366th until being sent to DHC at Downsview, Toronto for maintenance on 25-Jan-1957. It is reported as having an accident at Alexandria AFB., LA. On 16-Feb-1955 when it suffered category 1 (minor) damage in a ground collision with 51-16564. (See 16564) The pilot was Raymond H. Riley. It seems that the damage was insufficient for it to go to Downsview at the time of the accident and perhaps remained unused until the move to DHC.
Nonetheless it stayed until 25-Mar-1957 after which it returned to the 366th. The 366th deployed to Europe in Sep-1957 and in consequence the remaining squadrons were now attached to the 834th Air Base Wing as was our aircraft. It remained with this unit until 01-May-1958. A move of location now saw it sent to Sewart AFB, TN., where it was attached to the 839th Air Base Wing until 12-Apr-1960.
It was re assigned to the Strategic Air Command on 12-Apr-1960 being attached to the 4347th Combat Crew Training Wing, after which it moved to Francis AFB for the 389th Combat Support Group from 10-Jun-1960 until 31-Oct-1960 and then with the 4061st Combat Support Group at Malmstrom AFB, MT.,where it remained until 09-Aug-1961.
Another re assignment saw it at McGuire AFB., NJ., with the Eastern Transport Force of the Military Air Transport Command. The unit concerned was the 1611th Air Transport Wing until 21-Oct-1962. After this like so many other Beavers it passed to the Logistics Command and to the Fairchild Aircraft Company Facility at Hagerstown, MD.
Its further USAF history is yet to be researched.