N343WB at Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska.
Photo: John W. Olafson © 11 June 2015
N343WB at Vernon for repairs.
Photo: John W. Olafson © October 2003
N343WB with the new wing and old tail.
Photo: Chuck Stewart © July 1999 - Aird Archives
N343WB at her Lake Spenard parking spot.
Photos: Neil Aird © 12 September 1995


55-4605 • N47070



55-4605 US Army # 1644. L-20 No. 645. Command A-9. Delivered 22-Nov-1956. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

55-4605 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 11-Feb-1972 to 05-May-1975.

PCN (Product Control Number)  HS097.

N47070 State of Colorado, Denver, CO. Regd May-1975.

N47070 City & County of Denver, Denver, CO. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990.

N47070 Arctic Bee Construction Inc., Anchorage, AK. On USCAR at 29-Feb-1992.

Airworthiness date: 06-Aug-1992.

N343WB John F. Sumrall, Anchorage, AK. Regd 01-Oct-1992.

Accident: Anchorage, AK. 06-Jun-2003. The float-equipped aircraft was in the traffic pattern to land at a seaplane base when the engine lost all power and the pilot made an emergency landing in the backyard of a private residence. During the forced landing, the aircraft struck trees and a railing on the deck of the residence, sustaining structural damage to the left wing. The pilot reported that he had the right wing fuel tank selected and thought the tank was about ¼ full. He indicated that when the engine lost power, he was too low and didn’t have sufficient time or altitude to switch to the belly tank and restore-power. Post accident draining of the fuel tanks disclosed about 18 gallons of fuel in the belly tank, and about one quart in the right wing tank. ANC03LA055.

Note: Total hours at time of accident – 5,698 hours.

Note: Has Avionnerie Valdor BX wings fitted. These allow an increase in Max gross weight increase 6000lb. Useful load up by 38% to 3040lb. 140% increase in fuel load to 228 US gal and increased range up 140% to 1126nm.

N343WB Sportsman’s Leasing LLC., Anchorage, AK. Regd 25-Jul-2014.

Note:  FAA incorrectly records N343WB as s/n 1644, which is its military acquisition serial.