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c/n 270

51-16497 at Itazuke Air Base, Japan.
Photo: Unknown photographer © August 1953 - via Steve Hill / EMCS

c/n 270

51-16497 • N9790F



51-16497 USAF #1084. L-20A No: 85. Command AF-1. Delivered 11-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

51-16497 Stored at Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ. Arrival date unknown but departed 28-Apr-1966.

51-16497 Passed to the Fairchild Aircraft and Engine facility at St. Augustine, FL. Apr-1966.

51-16497 Served with the USAF 606th Air Commando Squadron, Nakhan Phanom, Royal Thai AFB Thailand. Circa. 1967.

N9790F Details Unknown.

N5157G Civil Air Patrol Inc., Maxwell AFB., Montgomery, AB, Regd May-1971. On USCAR at 29-Sep-1979.

N5157G James F. Searles, Challis, ID. Regd Feb-1980.

Accident: Mahoney Creek, Salmon, ID. 14-Sep-1982. The aircraft was observed flying over the strip in what appeared to be a normal downwind pattern. It crashed about 300 ft below windy ridge on the northwest face. The autopsy report indicated the pilot had a "patchy healed myocardial infarct" prior to the accident. Microscopic examination supported occlusive coronary arteriosclerosis, left coronary artery. The pilot had been under a stress program & taking medication for high blood pressure. Two fatalities and aircraft written off.

N5157G Canx from register 01-Apr-1983.

Written off

USAF History

51-16497 was made available on 16-May-1952, accepted on 29-May-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Biggs AFB, El Paso, TX., on 13-Jun-1952 and joined the 1st Liaison Squadron remaining until 22-Jul when it moved to 3rd Liaison Squadron at George AFB, Victorville, CA. It was then reassigned to the Air Material Command and went to the Sacramento Air Material Area, at McLellan AFB, California on 22-Dec-1952 and on to Burbank, San Francisco, California on 22-Jan-1953 prior to embarkation to Japan and being assigned to the Far East Air Force.

Arriving in Japan on 29-Jan-1953 it was initially at the 6408th Maintenance and Supply unit at Kisarazu before joining the 3rd Liaison Squadron at Komaki on 23-Apr-1953. A section of this Unit moved to Itazuke and the aircraft moved on 30-Apr-1953 and it stayed for over a year until 04-Jun-1964. It then went to the 6400th Air Depot at Showa until moving back to the 3rd Liaison Squadron on 29-Jul-1954 initially at Komaki and immediately over to Itazuke until 15-Mar-1955. A re assignment saw it transferred to the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing until passing to the 6143rd AVL Group (Acronym currently unknown) until 01-Jul-1958, when it was re designated 6143rd Air Base Group.

A transfer to Korea and to Osan Ni occurred on 09-Oct 1959. It was assigned to the 6314th Air Base Group and remained until 05-Mar-1962 after which it returned to Japan and the 6143rd Operation Squadron.

There followed a move to Clark AFB in the Philippines on 31-Jul-1962 where it operated with the 405th Fighter Wing until 14-Feb 1963. The aircraft was then transhipped to Hagerstown, Maryland and the Logistics Command facility run by the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. It was later stored at Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. Arrival date unknown but departed 28-Apl-1966 after which it passed to the Fairchild Aircraft and Engine facility at St. Augustine, FL. Apl-1966.

It was then returned to service with the USAF 606th Air Commando Squadron, Nakhan Phanom, Royal Thai AFB, Thailand from 9th Aug-1966.

It is reported as having been struck off charge from the USAF on 21-Jun-1967 passing to the US Army.