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N8306 of MTSU camping at Lakeland, Florida.
Photo: Derek Healey © 01 April 2005
N8306 at Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, Florida.
Photo: Mario Richard © April 2004
N8306 on display at Smyrna, Tennessee.
Photos: Shaun van Bergen © May 2005
52-6140 at Rotterdam - EHRD.
Photo: Nico Terlouw © 1958 - Wim Zwakhals Collection


52-6140 • N8306



52-6140 USAF #1302. L-20 No: 303. Command AF-1. Delivered 31-Jul-1953. Built as L-20A and re- designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6140 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan, AZ. Arrived 15-Jun -1971. Struck of USAF inventory 17-Jan-1972.

N8306 Texas Forest Service, College Station, TX. Regd Oct-1971.

N8306 Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. Regd 29-Mar-1990.

Airworthiness Date: 22-Feb-2002.

Total time: 5,677 hours. (May-2018).

Note: Sold / By Auction - (Not sure how long these links will be active!): Auction Site

N533DH Samuel K. Lewis, Chicago, IL. Regd 25-Jan-2019.


USAF History.

52-6140 was made available on 09-Jul-1953 and accepted on 22-Jul-1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was delivered to the Air Material Command at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., where it was placed with the 3040th Air Storage Squadron on 31-Jul-1953. It remained in store until it moved to the San Antonio Air Depot at McLellan AFB., TX., on 03 Jun-1954 and then it was recorded as moving to the San Francisco Point of Embarkation on 23-Sep-1954. This is rather strange as its destination for the Air Force Europe Command and previous shipments had been from Newark, NJ., to Erding in Germany. Nevertheless it arrived with the 7485th Air Depot Wing at Erding Germany on 28-Sep-1954. It remained, again in store, until it flew to Bitburg Air Base where it joined the 1st Pilotless Bomber Squadron, the first missile unit of the USA, This was from 17-Feb-1955 and it was re designated as 1st Tactical Missile Wing on 01-Jul-1955.

Emblem of the 1st Pilotless Bomber Squadron.

It next moved to Hahn Air Base in Germany for the 701st Tactical Missile Wing and remained until 11-Apr-1958. In the meantime it had visited Vergiate in Northern Italy for attention at the Macchi Aircraft facility for maintenance. While at Hahn it moved to the 7425th Support Wing until 26-May-1960.

Its next location was in France at Toul Rosièrs with the 7514th Support Group, the host unit. It remained until 22-Feb-1963 after which it returned to the US mainland at Hagerstown, Maryland and the Fairchild Aircraft Company facility remaining until 24-Apr-1963 when it appears to have returned to the 7514th Support Group.

From 28-Feb-1966 the aircraft was attached to the381st Strategic Missile Wing at McConnell AFB., Witchita, KS on liaison duties between McConnell as its base, and the 18 Titan II ICBM missile silos forming a ring from the northeast and south to the west on an irregular radius of 20 to 50 miles from the air base. On 15-Aug 1966 it transferred to the 92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing at Fairchild AFB., near Spokane, WA. It was later stored at MASDC - Davis Monthan AFB., AZ from 15-Jun-1971 until 17-Jul-1971 when it was struck off charge and joining the civil register.