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N3129F at Lake Iliamna, Alaska.
Photos: Lars Opland © Spring 2002
N3129F at Soldotna.
Photo: Ruben Husberg © 30 May 1992
C-GEZT at a lake, north of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Photo: Sean Mac © 1985-1986
55-0685 with companions at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1974 - Aird Archives
55-0685 in earlier markings.
Photo: Leo J. Kohn © Date unknown - Ian Macdonald Collection


55-0685 • C-GEZT • N3129F



55-0685 US Army #1587. L-20. No. 588. Command A-7. Delivered 21-Apr-1956. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

55-0685 Wisconsin National Guard.

55-0685 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 17-Feb-1972 to 12-Feb-1976. Product Control Number (PCN) HS110.

Note: Purchased by Patricia Air Transport at the Davis Monthan auction sale on 29-Jan-1976 for $29,000US. Total time 5,263.3 hours. Engine 6,311.3 hours. Commented upon as in good clean condition.

C-GEZT Imported into Canada. Regd 1976.

C-GEZT Patricia Air Transport Ltd., Sioux Lookout, ON. Regd Jun-1976. Canx date currently unknown.

Accident: 3ml W of Pickle Lake, ON. Lat 51.27N, Long 90.13W. 12-May-1977. The pilot had participated in a rescue mission that involved diving into cold water contaminated with fuel and oil. On the return flight to base the pilot partially lost his vision and depth perception. He lost control of the aircraft and it struck the lake surface in a steep descent. However no injury was recorded to pilot, Gerry Linger, or single passenger.

C-GEZT C & M Airways /J. F. Midgett, La Roche, SK. Regd 04-Mar-1981. Canx 08-Mar-1989.

Accident: Clearwater River, SK. Lat 56.44N, Long 108.23W. 21-May-1984. The wind was gusty and variable as the beaver approached to land against the river current. During the final stages of the approach, a right-wing-low attitude was maintained in order to keep the aircraft aligned with the landing path. Just when the aft section of one float touched the water, a gust of wind lifted the left wing, veering the aircraft toward the shoreline. The pilot initiated recovery action and regained directional control, but the aircraft was then flying at low airspeed toward rapids with rising terrain beyond. As insufficient room remained for a normal roll-out or a go-around, the aircraft was landed and run up onto the shore. The floats sustained substantial damage. Findings: cause related 1. Gusty and variable wind conditions created unforeseen control problems on touchdown. 2. Necessary recovery action placed the aircraft beyond the intended touchdown point. 3. Terrain and surface obstructions then precluded normal go-around or landing manoeuvres. No injury recorded.

Accident: Grassick Lake, SK. Lat 57.07N, Long 106.26W. 11-Dec-1984. The ski-equipped aircraft landed normally on hard-packed snow; however, as the speed decreased, the aircraft veered left, departed the landing strip and contacted bordering trees. The lubricant used on the steerable tail ski had congealed and did not allow the tail-ski locking pin to engage. This resulted in loss of aircraft directional control once below the speed at which the rudder was effective. The temperature at the time of occurrence was near minus 40 degrees Celsius. A lighter lubricant was applied, and the steering mechanism operated normally. FINDINGS: Cause Related: 1. The lubricant used on the tail-ski mechanism was not appropriate for cold-weather operations. 2. The tail-ski steering mechanism malfunctioned because of the congealed lubricant and prevented directional control of the aircraft on the ground. Other: - Nil -

C-GEZT Douglas Montgomery, Morse, SK. Canx 04-Jul-1989.

C-GEZT Air Sask Aviation Ltd., La Ronge, SK. Regd 18-May-1990. Deleted 13-May-1991 on export to USA.

N3129F Talon Air Service Inc., Soldotna, AK. Regd 28-Jun-1991. Canx 01-Jul-1991. On USCAR at 29-Feb-1992.

N3129F Anthony Wood, King Salmon, AK. Regd 10-Oct-1995.

N3129F King Salmon Guides Inc., King Salmon, AK. Regd 14-Apr-2000. Canx 03-Dec-2001.

N3129F D. H. Hines Trustee. Operated by MINTA Inc., dba Big Foot Air, Anchorage, AK. Regd 19-Dec-2001.

Accident: Chigmit Mountains, Port Alsworth. AK, 12-Jul-2002. The commercial pilot of the float-equipped airplane was transporting passengers to a lodge at a remote lake. When the airplane did not arrive at the lake, a search was initiated, and two days later the wreckage of the airplane was located on the side of a box canyon about the 2,400 foot elevation level. The canyon is oriented approximately east-west, and the wreckage was distributed along a 100 foot debris field on the north flank of the canyon. Ground scars and wreckage distribution were consistent with the airplane impacting terrain in a steep left bank while executing a turn to reverse direction. No evidence of any pre-impact mechanical anomalies was discovered. NTSB report ANC02FA075

Note: Total airframe hours at Jul-2002 – 12,698 hours.

• Wreckage was at Palmer, AK .

N3129F Canx as scrapped 16-Jan-2003.

N312BM Richard C. Odgers, Sterling, AK. Regd 22-Nov-2006.

Fate Unknown