N690 at Thermal - KTRM, California.
Photo: Kevin Nelsen © 07 October 2019
Photo: Roger Syratt © 02 November 2012
N690 stops in at Kenmore for gas.
Photo: Joe Bush © 03 August 2008
N690 at Kenmore on maintenance.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 24 August 1999
51-16504 at Kimpo, South Korea.
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1960 - Aird Archives


51-16504 • N49283



51-16504 USAF #1096. L-20A No: 97. Command AF-1. Delivered 18-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

51-16504 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 21-Mar-1973 to 28-Nov-1973. PCN (Product Control Number) UD033.

N49283 Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA. Dates unknown.

N690 Barry Turner, San Jose, CA. 07-Nov-1990. On USCAR at 29-Feb-1992.

Note: Shown on FAA records as c/n 1096 the US Military Purchase s/n.

N690 Larry W. Fallert, Brookings, OR. Regd Feb-1995. On USCAR at Dec-1995.

Accident: Ashland, OR. 10-Feb-1996. While making a water landing in a ten knot 90 degree crosswind, student pilot allowed aircraft to touch down in a crab attitude. The aircraft bounced hard from right to left. Following subsequent take off, Instructor realised that elevator and stabiliser were damaged and performed a precautionary landing at Medford, Oregon. Two crew uninjured. SEA96LA054.

Airworthiness Cert: 23-Sep-1996.

N690 Kenmore Air, Kenmore, WA. Circa Aug-1999.

Note: Kenmore conversion.

N690 John Deal LLC., Kirkland / Yarrow Point, WA. Regd 02-Dec-1999 & 20-Mar-2007.


USAF History

51-16504 was made available on 23-May-1952 and accepted on 06-Jun-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas and joined the 1st Liaison Squadron on 18-Jun-1952 remaining until 01-Dec-1952 when it moved to 3rd Liaison Squadron at George AFB, Victorville, CA. It was then re-assigned to the Air Material Command and went to the Sacramento Air Material Area, at McLellan AFB, California on 08-Jan-1953 and on to Burbank, San Francisco, California on 22-Jan-1953 prior to embarkation to Japan and being assigned to the Far East Air Force.

Arriving in Japan on 29-Jan-1953 it was initially at the 6408th Maintenance and Supply unit at Kisarazu where it appears to have been stored until 01-Apr-1954 before joining the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki. Like the other Beavers in Japan it went to Showa and the 6400th Air Depot for Maintenance, this one on the 29-Apr-1954. It returned to the 3rd Liaison Squadron on 16-Jun-1954 transferring across to the 6101st Air Base Wing on an unknown date prior to 12-Mar-1957 when it moved to Showa again and the Northern Material Area, Pacific Depot for maintenance where it remained for almost three months until 06-Jun-1957.

It then returned to Komaki and the 6101st Air Base Wing until 25-Jun-1957 and after that passed to Johnson AFB and 6000th Support Wing until 01-Jul-1957. There followed a move to western Tokyo and the Tachikawa AFB to join the 374th Troop Carrier Group, later Wing, on 26-Jul-1957 remaining until 03-Mar-1958. A return to Johnson and the 6041th Air Base Group followed where it operated until a move to Korea on 29-Jan-1959.

The aircraft’s record shows it being deployed through various locations with the 6314th Air Base Group. These included Kunsan, Kimpo and Taegu. The unit also underwent re designations to the 6314th Air Base Wing in Oct-1960 and then Support Wing in July 1961. The record also shows a short period with the 6314th Advisory Group at Seoul between Apr-1959 and Sep-1959. The last note currently held is of a stay at Taegu and Logistics Command unit operated by Fairchild from 26-May 1964. The further history is to be researched.