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N9313Z on dolly at PAKN - King Salmon.
Photo: Andrew Serak © 23 June 2007
N9313Z tied down at Anchorage.
Photos: Fred Wallis © 03 November 2005
N9313Z at Greeneville, Maine.
Photo: Scott Dowling Sr © Late 1970's
52-6078 at Acton.
Photo: Peter Keating Collection © 1971 - Aird Archives - via





52-6078 USAF #1240. L-20 No: 241. Command AF-3. Delivered Jan-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6078 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. Arrival date unknown. Departed 13-Apr-1966 reportedly to US Army.

52-6078 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 03-May-1972 to 12-Feb-1976. PCN (Product Control Number) HS162.

N9313Z Glenn A. Cate Aircraft, Knoxville, TN. Regd Sep-1976.

N9313Z Richard S. Skinner, Shin Pond, Patten, ME. (Holt Flying Service ?) On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990.

Airworthiness Cert: 28-May-1993.

N9313Z Scotty’s Flying Service, Shin Pond, Patten, ME. Owned by Richard Skinner).

N9313Z Jones & McKernan, Sparks, VA. (An aerial film company).

Note: Aircraft used in filming “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” shot in the Amazon Region. Named “Shoo Shoo Baby".

N9313Z Branch River Air Services Inc., King Salmon, AK Canx 21-Aug-2007.

N9313Z Hartley Inc.  dba, Branch River Air Service Inc., Anchorage, AK. Regd 01-Jul-1992. Canx 13-Jan 2012.

Accident: Katmai National Park. On route to King Salmon, AK. 21-Aug-2010. At about 17:30 ADT, the aircraft was reported missing and is presumed to have crashed. The aircraft, the commercial pilot, and the three passengers are still missing. The flight originated from the Swikshak River Lagoon, Katmai National Park, Alaska, about 13:52. The intended destination was King Salmon, Alaska, with an intermediate stop at Lake Brooks, Katmai National Park. According to the National Park Service (NPS), the flight departed the Swikshak River Lagoon, and was last seen by another company pilot about 4 mi. north of the Hallo Bay Camp. The NPS reported that the purpose of the flight was to transport three NPS employees from the Swikshak River Lagoon area to their assigned post at Lake Brooks. When the flight did not arrive at Lake Brooks or King Salmon, company personnel reported the flight overdue to the FAA. The FAA at 17:50 issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT). Weather in the area around the time of departure was reported to have low cloud ceilings and restricted visibility. The United States Air Force Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC), United States Coast Guard, and NPS initiated search and rescue operations on August 22. Search and rescue operations were conducted from August 22 to September 5. The NPS reported that various rotor and fixed wing aircraft flew over 60,100 air miles with no success.

On 28th Sep 2010, wreckage was spotted that pieces of metal and personal effects were spotted on a rocky beach surrounded by 600-800 ft. cliffs on Katami Bay and parts of the metal have been positively identified as having been part of the tail of the missing aircraft. And it was presumed that the fuselage was under water close by.

On 18th Oct 2010, divers with equipment set out by boat from Kodiak to search the site but because of severe weather and seas in the area had been unable to dive. ANC10FA100

N9313Z Canx 03-Feb-2012. Removed from register 08-Feb-2012.

Removed from register as destroyed

USAF History

52-6078 was made available on 16-Dec-1952 and accepted on 29-Dec-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was assigned to the Air Defence Command and delivered to the 34th Air Division at Kirtland AFB., NM., on 07-Jan-1953. It suffered an accident at Biggs AFB., TX., on 08-Sep-1953, when it suffered category 3 damage (medium) during a takeoff accident. The pilot was Kenneth B. Jorgensen. It was repaired and it remained at Kirtland until 30-Sep-1960.

It then moved to Luke AFB., AZ., on 30-Sep-1960 and was attached to a unit with the acronym PH SX. It subsequently passed over to the 2629th Support Squadron at the same location on 01-Feb-1961 where it remained for just eight weeks before transferring to Peterson AFB., CO., and the 4614th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron staying until 26-May-1961.

It was now re-assigned to the Tactical Air Force and joined the 4510th Combat Training Wing moving back to Luke, AFB., AZ., on 26-May-1961.

Its further USAF history remains to be researched.