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c/n 264
N1102T with aero club at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Photos: David W. Menard © April 1964

c/n 264




51-16494 US Air Force #1079. L-20A No: 80. Command AF-1. Delivered 28-May-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Airworthiness Cert 17-Jul-1973.

N1102T 8th US Army Flying Club, Misawa, Japan. Reported active in1964 and still on USCAR as late as 06-Jan-1993 but not known whether still active. Canx from USCAR 24-May-2012 as expired.

Note: There is confusion with c/n 1079 as it has been shown in FAA records using its military serial no.

Note:This confirmation is thanks to info gleaned by A/1C David W. Menard back in April 1964 at Misawa AFB in Japan and reported to Neil Aird. Dave climbed in and inspected the plate of N1102T (264) and then took some snaps. Well, Dave said this machine had been 51-16494 (264) before being transferred over to the Base Aero Club. The FAA used the Army Number "1079" as a c/n (s/n), not for the first time.

Status Unknown

USAF History

51-16494 was made available on 02-May-1952 and accepted by the by AMO 6600th Air Depot (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., on 20-May-1952 and delivered to Biggs AFB, TX on 29-Jun-1952 and was assigned to the Tactical Air Command and the 1st Liaison Squadron moving to George AFB, CA and the 3rd Liaison Squadron on 22-Jul-1952 where it remained until 22-Dec-1952.

As it was destined for the Far East Air Force Command it initially passed to the Sacramento Air Material Depot at McClellan AFB and stayed until 22-Jan-1953 before briefly transiting to the San Francisco point of Embarkation ready for freighting to Kisarazu in Japan. Here on arrival on 29-Jan-1953 it was initially attached to the 6408th Maintenance and Supply Group before moving to the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki (now Nagoya) in the Aichi Prefecture. The aircraft moved with the3rd Liaison Squadron to Misawa on 24-Mar-1953 where it was based until 15-Mar-1955.

Staying at Misawa it transferred to the 49th Fighter Bomber Wing until 15-Oct-1955 after which it was assigned to the Air Material Overseas Command and the Northern Air Material Area (NAMAR).

Emblem of the 49th Fighter Bomber Wing

It was back to active duty on 10-Jan-1956 with the 49th Fighter Bomber Wing and then to the 6139th Air Base Wing when activated on the 15th October 1957 with the formation of the Pacific Air Force.. This took it up to 20-Apr-1960 when it passed to the Air Material Overseas Command again, this time at Tachikawa where it was attached initially to the 6100th Air Base Group and then on 31-Dec-1960 and the 6100th Support Wing when re-designated on 01-Jul-1961.

On the 31-Mar-1962 the aircraft moved back to Misawa becoming part of the 39th Air Division Headquarters fleet before moving across to the 21st Field Maintenance Squadron on 31-Jul-1962. There then followed a period from 31-Aug-1962 with the 6139th Air Base Group again.

A new location for the aircraft was Kadena, on Okinawa Island, where it was based with the 21st Field Maintenance Squadron between 28-Feb-1962 and 03-Jun-1962 and then it moved back to Misawa for the 39th Air Division Headquarters.


Emblem of the 21st Field Maintenance Squadron   Emblem of the 39th Air Division

The aircraft's further history is still to be researched.