N5142G sporting new shoes now.
Photos: Ben Cogger © 05 September 2018
N5142G needs a good home.
Photos: Ben Cogger © 03 June 2018
N5142G on Lake Hood.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 25 May 2016
N5142G at her Anchorage CAP station.
Photo: Rich Hulina © June 2014
Photo: Martijn Koetsier © 10 April 2013
N5142G floats at CAP Anchorage base.
Photos: Neil Aird © September 1995
N5142G at Lake Hood, Anchorage.
Photo: John Kimberley ® July 1990 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
N5142G at Merrill Field, Anchorage.
What's this cone shaped item dangling at the top of the tail?

It's for stringing out a long antenna.

Photo: John Kimberley © June 1979 - Aird Archives
52-6105 serving in Alaska.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Dave Stern Collection
52-6105 with partner.
Photo: USAF © Date unknown - Aird Archives
52-6105 as she was before becoming "Civilian".
Photo: DHC © 1953 - (cropped from Slide No:337)
Photos: DHC © 1953 - (cropped from Slides No:341 & 342)
Drawing: Nick Nicholas © On Target

c/n 481

52-6105 • N8509 • 52-6105



52-6105 USAF #1267. L-20 No: 268, Command AF-3. Delivered 06-Apr-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

N8509 Details unknown.

52-6105 Struck off charge from the USAF inventory on 14-Sep-1970.

N5142G Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB., AL. Regd 20-Oct-1970.

Total Hours at Sep-1995 – 9,410 hours. 01-Oct-2015 11,277.2 hours.

Airworthiness date. 11-Oct-2005.

N5142G Re-regd 24-Mar-2006. Based Anchorage, AK.

For Sale Oct-2016. Total time 11,344 hours., Engine since Major overhaul 618hrs , PMA 7000 Audio Panel, KX 155 Nav/Com, KR87 ADF, GTX 330 TXP, Last Annual: Oct-2015, Incomplete Log Books. Minimum Bid: $139,425.

N5142G Mining & Environmental Services LLC., Idaho Springs, CO • Regd 04-May-2017.

N5142G Registration pending 01-Jun-2018 to Matthew C. Harper, Anchorage, AK.

N5142G Matthew C. Harper, Anchorage, AK. Regd 20-Nov-2018.

• N5142G DHC-2 481 LLC., Bend, OR. Regd 19-Feb-2021. FOR SALE Mar-2023.


USAF History

52-6105 was made available on 25-Mar-1953 to the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit of the USAF at Downsview, ON., and accepted on 31-Mar-1953. It was assigned to the Tactical Air Force on 07-Apr-1953 joining the 7th Liaison Squadron at Donaldson AFB., SC. Staying with this unit it deployed to Larson AFB., between 13-Jun-1954 and 24-Jul-1953 before returning to Donaldson and moving over to the 63rd Troop Carrier (Heavy) Wing on 22-May-1954. It returned to Downsview between 09-Jun-1955 and 21-Dec-1955 for maintenance and then returned back to the 63rd where it stayed until 14-Jan-1957.

Emblem of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing

It travelled all the way to Alaska and to Elmendorf joining the 5039th Air Base Wing for just ten days until 24-Jan-1977 and then went to Tinker AFB., where it was attached to the Oklahoma Air Depot for just five days after which it returned to Elmendorf and the 5039th Air Base Group on 29-Jan-1957. The record card shows it as remaining at this Alaskan base until at least 15-Jun-1958 at which time it was attached to the re designated 5040th Air Base units such as the Maintenance Squadron, the Operations Flight and Consolidated Maintenance Group.

The remainder of this aircraft’s military history after Jun-1958 is still to be researched. It is understood, however, that it was struck off charge from the USAF inventory on 14-Sep-1970 after having been with the 21st Composite Wing at Elmendorf AFB., Anchorage, AK.