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c/n 317



51-16528 USAF #1128. L-20A No: 129. Command AF-1. Delivered 15-Jul-1952. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Fate Unknown

USAF History

51-16528 was made available on 02-Jul-1952 and accepted on 07-Jul-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command at Donaldson AFB, SC where it was assigned to the 64th Troop Carrier (Medium) Group on 15-Jul-1952 until re allocated on 12-Dec-1952 to the 4th Liaison Squadron for just two days.

In preparation for transportation to Europe it was assigned to the Air Material Command and the 2847th Transportation Control Depot (TPC) Wing at Newark NJ from 14-Dec-1952. It arrived in Germany at Neubiberg and was assigned to the Air Force Europe from 23-Jan 1953 being initially allocated to the 86th Fighter Bomber Wing at Neubiberg where it remained until 18-Feb-1953. It was then allocated to the 85th Air Depot at Erding until 24-Mar-1953 after which it moved to the 4th Liaison Squadron at Furstenfeldbeck where it remained until 01-Feb-1954.

The aircraft then moved to Landstuhl for the 7030th Headquarters Group until 29-Jun-1954 and then to Phalsbourg-Bourscheid where a new airfield was being built in the Moselle Region of France. Here it was attached to the 7040th Air Base Squadron between 29-Jun and 20-Aug-1954 operating from the grass of the developing base before moving back to Landstuhl and the 7030th Headquarters Squadron. It then moved across the base to the 86th Fighter Interceptor Wing and then attached to one of the wing’s squadrons, the 513rd FI Squadron, moved to Phalsbourg until 03-Feb-1955. The next move was to Etain and to the 388th Fighter Bomber Wing until 18-Jul-1955 after which it went to Vergiate in Northern Italy to the Air Material Europe Command location (MACVI) operated by the Macchi company for deep servicing until 16-May-1956.

Emblem of 388th Fighter Bomber Wing

Once back to active service it rejoined the 86th Fighter Interceptor Wing at Landstuhl for a year until 10-May-1957 and then a short period until 05-Jun with the 7486th Air Base Wing at Phalsbourg before returning to the 86th at Landstuhl until 06-Jan-1958.

Meanwhile the aircraft was allocated to the 7030th Air Base Wing which had moved to Ramstein and was re designated as a Support Wing. It remained here until 19-Feb-1963 and then a three month attachment with 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn followed between 01-Oct-1959 and 19-Jan-1960.

Emblem of 50th Tactical Fighter Wing

After Ramstein it moved across the Mediterranean to Wheelus AFB in Libya for a brief assignment to the SAC and the 7272nd Air Base Wing.

Its further history is to be researched.