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N114RA at Butts Army Airfield, with the Ft. Carson Flying Club.
Photo: Richard Baker © c. Mid 1974 - via Ken Baierlipp - Aird Archives
53-2803 serving in Germany.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c1969 - Wayne Mutza Collection





53-2803 US Army #1346. L-20 No: 347. Command A-4. Delivered Jan-1954. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

53-2803 Date terminated Dec-1972.

53-2803 Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 20-Feb-1972 – 21-Apr-1975. PCN (Product Control Number) HS115.

• Public School, Denver, CO.

• N114RA Ft.Carson Flying Club, Butts AAF., Ft. Carson, CO. (See comments below).

• N114RA US Navy, North Island Flying Club, San Diego, CA. Jan M. Vinson. Regd 01-Oct-1976. Canx 15-Oct-1981.

Fate Unknown


A note from Ken Baierlipp about the photo:

This is the picture we have of N114RA. It is made from an old developed paper photo so is a little yellowed. I digitized it and that part seems to have matched the copy exactly. However the line through the lower portion occurred when my friend from Canon City CO, Richard Baker, sent it to me. I don't think it interferes with the image of the airplane at all. The photo was taken when at Butts Army Airfield, Fort Carson, Colorado be about mid 1974. It was almost always parked outside next to what was then the Aero Club hanger which  no longer exists. .

The "board" that went across from passenger step to passenger step was installed with local 337 approval.and provided a location for novice parachute club members to stand on while the jump masters gave them final instructions. It was used some by the other accomplished jumpers too but it was very useful for the training of new jumpers. With a little flaps I could slow to about 45/50 knots indicated and the jump masters could talk easily to the new jumpers. The door was remoived when used for the jump club.

The barrels in the picture are concrete drums filled with concrete that were used to tie the airplane down. Being a high lift wing and with the very strong winds that could occur at that airfield the airplane had to be tied down very securely. The strongest winds were usually out of the southwest and it was parked facing into these strongest winds. There also was a stake type tail wheel tiedown.. I never saw it happen but according  to other aero club members there were occasions the aircraft actually lifted off the ground against the tiedowns in some of the very high winds that could be there.

Ken B.