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c/n 297
N728CW visits the beautiful Campbell River Tyee spit.
Photo: Neil Aird © 25 May 2005
N728CW at Friday Harbour, WA.
Photo: David Lednicer © 03 September 2005
N728 with three Geese for company.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 1971 - Ruben Husberg Collection
51-16512 when stationed at Goose Bay, Labrador.
Photo: Richard Martin © 1961 - 62

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51-16512 • N728



51-16512 USAF #1109. L-20 No: 110, Command AF-1.Delivered 24-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

51-16512 Stored at MASDC Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. Arrival date unknown but departed 27-Oct-1964.

N728 US Dept of the Interior, Anchorage, AK. Regd Apr-1965.

Airworthiness Cert: 29-Feb-1968.

N728 Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Commercial Fish Division, Kodiak, AK. Regd 15-Oct-1985. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990 & 01-Oct-1994.

N728 Kenmore Air Harbor Inc., Kenmore, WA. Dates unknown.

N728 Ronald B. Woodward, Shaw Island, WA Canx 08-Jan-2001.

N728CW Ronald B. Woodward, Shaw Island, WA. Regd 15-Nov-2000. Canx 25-Jul-2005.

N728CW Group III Beaver Aircraft LLC, Bellevue, WA. Regd 28-Jul-2005.


USAF History

51-16512 was made available on 06-Jun-1952 and accepted on 3-Jun-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 Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC on 24-Jun-1952 where it was attached to the 4th Liaison Flight until 22-Jul-1952 when it moved to Shaw AFBSC for the 2nd Liaison Squadron until 10-Jun-1954 moving across to the 363rd Reconnaissance Combat Training (RCT) Wing until 10-Aug-1956. Here it remained but passed to the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance (TR) Wing until 22-Mar-1956 after which it moved to Pope AFB, Nth Carolina and to the 363Troop Carrier, Medium Wing until 24-May-1956 before returning to Shaw AFB and the 363TR Wing.

A session of maintenance at de Havilland factory at Downsview, Ontario between 15-Aug-1956 and 04-Oct-1956 occurred next before once again returning to Shaw where it remained until 05-May-1957. Its next move was to Turner AFB, Albany, GA where it was allocated to the TAC’s 9th Air Force and the 31st Fighter Bomber Wing. On the 01-Jul-1957 the unit was re designated 31st Tactical Fighter Wing and the aircraft remained with this unit until 12-Jan-1959 which included a deployment to George AFB for two months in late 1958. It is then recorded as having moved to Sewart AFB, Smyrna, TN. The record card quotes the aircraft as attached to the 839th Fighter Bomber Wing but as far as I can see Sewart only hosted Troop Carrier units at this time and the unit was possibly the 839th Air Division which was based at Sewart at the time It remained until 19-Apr-1964. Its last attachment with the TAC was at McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS with the 4347th Combat Crew Training Wing until 31-Mar-1961.

Emblem of the 839th Air Division

Following this last attachment with the TAC it now was assigned to the Strategic Air Command and moved North east to Newfoundland and to Goose Bay AFB joining the 4082nd Strategic Wing until 25th Jan-1964. It was then back south to the warmth of Davis Monthan to be a resident with the 2704 Air Storage and Disposition Wing. There was a happy ending as soon after the aircraft joined civilian life with ARAMCO as noted in the full history shown above.