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c/n 278
51-16502 at Goose Bay, Labrador.
Photos: Unknown photographer © circa 1962 / 1963 - Chris Charland Collection
51-16502 at the 1962 Goose Bay Open House.
Photo: Richard Martin © 1962
51-16502 during a changeover.
Photo: Richard Martin © 1961 / 1962

c/n 278



51-16502 USAF #1092. L-20A No: 93. Command AF-1. Delivered 10-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

51-16502 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., between 08-May-1964 and 13-Apr-1966.

51-16502 Reported as passed to US Army.

Fate unknown

USAF History

51-16502 was made available on 23-May-1952, and accepted on 29-May-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Langley AFB in Virginia on 10-Jun-1952 where it initially joined the 2nd Liaison Squadron but very soon afterwards passed to the 405th Fighter Bomber Wing at the same location on 18-Jun-1952. It remained at Langley passing to the host unit the 4405th Operations Squadron until 22-May-1954 for a lengthy stay until 22-Feb-1957 and then back to the 405th Fighter Bomber Wing until 08-Oct-1957 and finally until 04-Jun-1958 with the 836th Air Division.

Emblem of 405th Fighter Bomber Wing

A complete change of environment then occurred with the aircraft travelling across the country for an assignment with Strategic Air Command at Goose Bay, Labrador where it was allocated to the 22nd Helicopter Squadron. Their mission was to support the Early Warning Radar sites on the East coast of Labrador and the Beaver operated on floats in the summer and wheel/skis in the winter. In Oct-1958 however the aircraft transferred for a period to Ernest Harmon AFB. Stephenville, Newfoundland until it passed to the Air Material Command at St. Paul Minnesota (OCA NACMM) presumably for repair/maintenance on 31-May-1959 and spent until 08-Sep-1959 there.

It then returned to Goose Bay, Labrador and to the host unit 4082nd Air Base Group, which was re designated as a Combat Support Group on 01-Oct-1959 and which received a further re designation to Strategic Wing on 02-Mar-1960. Here it remained on active service for just over four years until 08-May-1964 when it was sent to Davis- Monthan for storage with the 2704th Aircraft Storage and Disposition (ASD) Group. It is then recorded as leaving on 13-Apr-1966 and being passed to the US Army perhaps for spares reduction.

Emblem of 4082nd Strategic Wing

Its further history is to be researched.