c/n 611

C-GUXW sits quietly at a dock.
Photo: Karen McKeith © 02 August 2002
Photos: Karen McKeith © 03 September 2001
C-GUXW at Nipawin.
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1976 - Aird Archives
53-2814 at Crissy AAF, San Francisco, California.
53-2814 with crews at Whitehorse en route Elmendorf AFB.
Photos: Bill Fairchild © April 1954

c/n 611




Note: Out of paint shop 22-Jan-1954. Painted Olive Drab.

53-2814 US Army #1357 L-20 No: 358 Command A-4. Delivered 05-Mar-1954. Delivered to Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK end April 1954.Later repainted in Arctic Day-glo Scheme. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

For sale. Coleman Barracks, Mannheim – Sandhofen. Seen 28-Aug-1972.

Total time: 4,593hrs at time of sale.

No regn Bought by B-M Aviation Ltd., Lachute, QC. 01-Apr-1973.

No Regn Passed to Alliance Aviation, a company owned by B-M Ltd., and sold on.

Note: Alliance Aviation Ltd., was a company owned by B-M to service engines etc.

C-GUXW Harvey Christiansen, Nipawin, SK. Regd 19-Mar-1977.

C-GUXW Leased to Nipawin Air Service, La Ronge, SK. Regd Jul-1977 Lease cancelled 1979.

C-GUXW Returned to Harvey Christiansen, Nipawin, SK. On CCAR at May-1981. Canx 14-Jul-1988.

C-GUXW Leased to Air Sask Aviation Ltd. La Ronge, SK. Regd 13-Jul-1989. Canx 27-May-1992.

C-GUXW Returned to Harvey Christiansen, Nipawin, SK. Regd 27-May-1992.

Noted for sale in 2001.

Total time: 6,050hrs.

Accident: 11 km SE of Pelican Narrows Airport, SK. 02-Aug-2003. The aircraft was en route from Pelican Narrows, SK, to Jan Lake, SK. When the aircraft became overdue for arrival, another aircraft was dispatched to search. The accident aircraft was discovered partially submerged in Sully Lake. Two survivors had exited the aircraft with serious injuries. They spent the night on shore and were evacuated to hospital the following day.

TSB reported that a cracked cylinder resulted in a loss of engine power and an attempt at a forced landing on a small lake. The altitude at which the event began may have given the pilot very little time to successfully complete a forced landing. Pilot / Owner, Harvey Christiansen was killed. His two passengers survived. The aircraft was submerged. A2003C1074. The aircraft was subsequently recovered.

Stored for possible rebuild


Portrait of a well respected man. The late Harvey Christiansen M.D.
Photo: Karen McKeith © 03 September 2001