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c/n 276
51-16500 at Irumagama Airfield - Johnson AFB.
Photos: Joe Green © 1953

c/n 276



51-16500 US Air Force #109. L-20A No: 90. Command A-2. Delivered 02-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.


USAF History

51-16500 was made available on 16-May-1952, accepted on 23-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 02-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, CA., on 23-Dec-1952 and on to Burbank, San Francisco, CA., 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 14-Mar-1953. A section of this Unit moved to Johnson AFB, Sayama, Sayama Prefecture, north of western Tokyo, Japan. on 09-Apr-1953. The assignment was terminated as a result of an accident where it suffered category 4 damage (serious/destroyed) at an unknown location in Japan on 08-Oct-1954. The aircraft crashed after the pilot David Forbes bailed out due to fuel starvation because of weather conditions.