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N16644 at Lake Spenard, Anchorage, Alaska.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 11 July 2024 - Aird Archives
N16644 on Aerocets, ready for Alaska.
Photo: Bennett Mykland © 04 June 2021 - Aird Archives
N16644 back at Renton, Washington.
Photo: William Tyrie © 24 September 2011 - Aird Archives
N16644 at Oshkosh in 2007.
Photos: Brian Byl © 2007 - Aird Archives
N16644 in winter and summer.
Photos: Unknown photographer and dates - via Ronnie Berning - Aird Archives
N16644 visiting Ignace, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © Summer 1995 - Aird Archives
N16644 at Renton, Washington.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1992 - Aird Archives
Photo: Elwood White © September 1992 - Aird Archives
N16644 at Buchanan Field, Concord, California.
Photo: Jay Sherlock © September 1977 - Aird Archives
Photo: William T. Larkins © May 1963 - Aird Archives
51-16480 with USAF in Korea.
Photo: Bruce Best Collection © Aird Archives





51-16480 USAF #1049. L-20A No: 50. Command AF-1. Delivered 09-Apr-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962

51-16480 Struck off charge 08-May-1967.

N16644 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Pleasant Hill / Martinez, CA. Circa. 1973. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990 & 29-Feb-1992.

Note: New paint scheme and interior in 1976.

For sale: $US 95,000. Total time 7,075 hours. Jan 1992.

N16644 Bilby Wallace, Conifer, CO. Regd 01-Apr-1992. On USCAR at 01-Oct-1994.

Note: Address also quoted as Evergreen, CO!! Yes there is such a place as well as Conifer but I couldn’t find Deciduous!!

Airworthiness Date: 29-Mar-1995.

N16644 Ronald D. Berning, Rogers, MN. Regd 27-Jul-1995. Canx 18-Oct-2004

N16644 Beaver Aircraft LLC., Florence, OR. Regd 23-Mar-2005. Canx 11-Jan-2008

For Sale: Dec 2008 $550K. Total time : 7,600 hours. Mods include: Wipline 6100 Amphibious floats. Floats; Extended baggage compartment, Jasco Alternator, Skylights; Tip tanks; Bubble windows; Tenis engine heater;

N16644 Marjoe LLC., Seattle, WA. Regd 21-Feb-2008. Canx 18-Jun-2010.

N16644 J & D Flying LLC., Sand Point, AK. Regd 27-Jul-2010.

N16644 Intricate Bay Operating LLC., Saylorsburg, PA. Regd 28-May-2021. Operating for lodge Alaska.


USAF History

51-16480 was made available to the AMO (Air Material Overseas) unit of the USAF at Downsview on 21-Mar-1952 and accepted on 01-Apl before being delivered from Toronto to the San Bernardino maintenance facility at Norton AFB where it remained between 10-Apr-1952 and 03-Jun-1952 before moving to Japan and the 6400th Air Depot at Kisarazu and then the 6408th Maintenance Unit at the same location. It was then delivered on the 10-Sep-1952, to South Korea and the 10th Liaison Squadron at Yong Dong Po until the 22-Dec-1953.

The aircraft suffered category 4 damage (very severe) in a landing accident caused by bad weather at Chokhyon-Dong, Korea. 19-Dec-1953 and it was sent to the 6401st Field maintenance unit at Kimpo until 18-Jan-1954.But because of the severity of the damage, a return to Japan was called for and a stay at the 6400th Air Depot at Kisarazu lasted between 18-Jan-1954 and 07-Jul-1954, after which it was back to the 10th Liaison Squadron for continued service, which by this time had re-located to Osan ni until 10-Nov-1954 Remaining at this location further allocations to the 6171th Air Base Wing until 14-Dec-1954 and back to 10th Liaison until 15-Mar-1955 occurred.

Still at Osan ni a lengthy allocation to the 5th Air Force and the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing until 08-Oct-1957 preceded a transfer to the 6314th Air Base Group 08-Oct-1957 – 20-Mar-1960 when it was re designated Air Base Wing until 20-Jul-1961 and then Support Wing until a date still to be resolved.

It is understood to have operated with the 6200th Military Air Transport Wing at Clark AFB., in the Philippines before being struck off charge on 08-May-1967.