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c/n 511
52-6126 doing engine ground run at Manila.
Photo: Unknown photographer © August 1958 - Robin A. Walker Collection

c/n 511



52-6126 USAF #1288. L-20 No: 289. Command AF-3. Delivered 09-Jun-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

???? Philippine Air Force. Detail other than acquired through Military Aid Program unknown.

Fate Unknown

USAF History

52-6126 was made available on 22-May-1953 and accepted on 02-Jun-1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command at George AFB., CA., where it was attached to the 1st Liaison Squadron on 09-Jun-1953. It suffered an early landing accident at George suffering category 3 damage on 31-Jul-1953. It passed to the 479th Fighter Bomber Wing on 24-Aug-1953 and then returned to the 1st Liaison Squadron on 28-Sep-1953 until 15-Dec-1953 after which it was re assigned to the Air Material Command and was attached to the Sacramento Air Depot at McLellan prior to passing to San Francisco for delivery to the Philippines and Far East Air Command in Manila.

It was first attached to a unit designated as JMP Group on 20-Jan-1954 but was immediately dispatched to Clark Air Base to join the 24th MND Group. This only lasted a week as it is again attached to the JMP Group and remained until 01-Nov -1954 after which it joined the 6424th Air Depot Wing at Clark. The aircraft continued to pass back and forth between Manila and Clark attached to the 1173rd Field Maintenance Squadron (or even the Foreign Mission Squadron) and the main Air Depot at Clark until 1961 after which the aircraft was transferred to the Philippine Military under the Military Assistance Program but we have no details.