N111EB in motion.
Photo: Justin Sutton © Late May 2022 - Aird Archives
N111EB taking a break.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 13 July 2018 - Aird Archives
N111EB at Lake Hood, Anchorage.
Photos: Ben Cogger © 24 May 2016
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 24 May 2017 also!
N111EB visits Talkeetna.
Photos: Nigel Hitchman © 26 May 2005
N111EB nestled in her secluded dock at Lake Hood.
Well, if it doesn't fit - adapt it !
Photos: Neil Aird © 06 September 2004
N111EB snug as a bug.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Lenn Bayliss Collection
N111EB at Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK.
Photo: Lukas Lusser  © Date unknown
N111EB nosed in to parking bay.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © May 1987
N111EB still with porthole.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 1981
N111EB at Anchorage, Alaska.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1978 - Aird Archives
N111EB at Edmonton Municipal, Alberta.
Photo: John Kimberley © April 1978
N111EB with Alaska Travel Air.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 21 August 1977 - Ruben Husberg Collection
51-16560 of 129 ACS, 129 ACG, California ANG, Hayward.
Photos: Unknown photographer © 25 March 1967 - Don Garrett Collection via Jay Sherlock.
51-16650 starts up at Oakland, California.
Photo: Peter Keating © March 1968 - aflyinghistory.com


51-16560 • N17396 • 51-16560 • N17396



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.


USAF History

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.

In 1969 noted based at Moffat Federal Airfield, Mountain View, California and serving with 129th Air Command Squadron and 129th Air Command Group, California ANG. See photos above.

Its further USAF history is yet to be researched.