c/n 535
N31522 at Rampart, Alaska on the Yukon River.
Photo: Dan Gilbertson © 09 August 2017
N31522 at the Civil Air Patrol base, Anchorage, AK.
Photo: Neil Aird © 05 September 1995
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Lenn bayliss Collection.
Photo: John P. Stewart © 2001
Photo: Courtesy of Alaska CAP ©
N31522 parked up amongst the Tallahassee trees.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1980 - Aird Archives
Original rudder of 52-6142 in Allen Airways hangar at CYXL.
Photo: Neil Aird © 17 July 1995

c/n 535

52-6142 • N9771F • 52-6142

N31522

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52-6142 USAF #1304. L-20 No: 305. Command AF-3. Delivered 09-Sep-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6142 Stored at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ between 18-May-1965 and 18-Oct-1965.

52-6142 Served with Maryland ANG from 18-Oct-1965.

N9771F Florida Division of Forestry. Possibly circa. 1968 – Jul-1970.

Note: Reported that the Florida Division of Forestry fitted aircraft with a 300-gal. interior mounted tank for dropping ammonium phosphate on wildfires in Florida.

N9771F USAF., APO 633, New York. As per USCAR at 01-Jul-1970

Note:  After much searching it is believed APO 633 refers to the address of the USAF Europe HQ when it was in Wiesbaden, Germany so the entry perhaps should be “Operated with USAFE HQ Wiesbaden, Germany. Confirmation required.

52-6142 USAF. Jul-1972.

N31522 US Air Force Owner, Talahassee, FL. Regd Jul-1972. (Air Force Flying club?)

N31522 Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB., AL. Kenai Squadron, based Kenai, AK. Regd 30-Oct-1980.

Accident: Chackachatna Ri, AK, 09-Aug-1987. On a local flight from Kenai the pilot lost directional control after landing on a gravel bar causing the aircraft to strike a log. Aircraft tipped up on nose and substantial damage was caused to aircraft. Pilot and passenger uninjured. ANC87LA120

Total hours: at Aug-1987, circa 10,000 hrs. (Logbook / history prior to CAP lost / missing).

Total hours: at 05-Sep-1995 2,189.2 hrs.

Total hours: at 01-Oct-2015 4,008.9 hrs.

For Sale: Oct-2016. Total time 4,017 hrs., Engine since major overhaul. 730hrs, KMA 24 Audio Panel, Dual KX155 NAV/COMS, KR87 ADF.KN64 DME, KT76 TXP, GX55 GPS, Last Annual: Mar 2015, Incomplete Log Books. Minimum Bid:$175,325.

N31522 Aircraft Marketing & Leasing LLC., Fairbanks, AK Regd 05-Jan-2017.

Current

USAF History

52-6142 was made available on 13-Jul-1953 and accepted on 28-Aug-1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was delivered to the Air Material Command at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., where it was placed in storage with the 3040th Air Storage Squadron on 09-Sep-1953. It remained in store until it moved to the Middletown Air Depot at Olmstead AFB., PA., on 12-Apr-1954 and then to another Air Material Command location, the Mobile Air Depot, at Brookley, AL., where it rested until 22-Sep-1954.

After this year of non activity it was assigned to the Air Force Europe Command and found its way to Nouasseur, French Morocco for the 7280th Maintenance Group which serviced deployed B-36 & B-47aircraft from the Continental US. It was here between 22-Sep-1954 and 08-Dec-1954. The Beaver then moved to another location in Morocco, Rabat until 11-Feb-1955 and was attached to the 7221st Support Squadron.

Its next move was to Greece where it was attached to the 7206th Air Base Squadron at Kalamaki Air Base which was later renamed Athenia International Airport, Athens.

Emblem of the 7206th Air Base Squadron

It remained at this location for some six months up to 13-Aug-1955 after which it moved further east to Turkey and joined the 7217th Air Base Squadron at Ankara Air Station. It remained in Turkey for several years with a short attachment to 7216th Air Base Squadron at Adana from 19-Feb-1956 until 17-Mar-1956 returning to the 7217th and then the 7250th Support Squadron at Ankara from 01-Jun-1957 through to 21-Jun-1960. Maintenance at Vergiate, northern Italy at the Macchi aircraft facility occurred between Jun & Dec-1957.

After Ankara the next move was to Incirlik Air Base, previously known as Adana and here it again joined the 7216th Air Base Group, re designated from Squadron. On 11-Jul-1962 this unit was again re designated and became a Combat Support Group. Its time in Europe ended in Feb-1963 when the record card shows it at the Fairchild Aircraft Facility at Hagerstown, MD. It seems then to have gone to Lincoln AFB., NE on assignment to the Strategic Air Command and attached to the 307th Bombardment, Medium Wing.

The aircraft was stored at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., between 18-May-1965 and 18-Oct-1965 and was then passed to Maryland ANG.

0-26142 original rudder noted by author at Sioux Lookout, ON. 17-Jul-1995.

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