N772AE anticipating float season.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 25 March 2023 - Aird Archives
N772AE getting underway from Lake Hood.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 21 July 2017
N772AE now that's bigger and better!
Photos: Ben Cogger © 14 June 2016
N152RF at Lake Hood.
Photos: Ben Cogger © 10 May 2016
N152RF on glassy water at her home base.
Photo: Roger Fischer © 12 June 2015 - via Fred Wallis
N152RF "Matilda" at Willow Lake near Glennallen, AK.
That's sure a tiny registration!
Photos: Fred Wallis © 31 May 2009
N152RF "work in progress" at Lake Hood.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 11 May 2009
N104RL in from Dillingham, at Lake Hood.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 03 November 2004
N104RL in final assembly at Campbell River.
Photo: Jeff Denny Collection © 1992 - Aird Archives
N5155G at Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1983 - Aird Archives


52-6117 • N5115G • N910BW • N104RL • N152RF



52-6117 USAF #1279. L-20 No. 280 Command AF-3. Delivered 08-Jun-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962. Later converted to TU-6A.

Accident: 16 mi. W of Alexandria, LA. 09-Nov-1953. Suffered category 3 damage in a mid air collision with 51-6109, both attached to the 6th Liaison Squadron at Alexandria AFB., part of the 366th Air Base Group. Pilot George L. Parker.

52-6117 Stored at MASDC Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., from an unknown date until 13-Apr-1966 .

52-6117 To US Army from 13-Apr-1966.

N5155G Civil Air Patrol. Maxwell AFB., AL. Regd May-1971.

N910BW Regd Apr-1986. Canx Aug-1990.

Note: Sold to Jeff Denny, recovered at International Falls, MN., transported to Campbell River, BC., and rebuilt during 1990-1992. (see photo sequence below).

N104RL Bohman Airways 2 Inc., International Falls, MN. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990. Regd 04-Jun-1992. Sale reported on USCAR at 29-Feb-1992.

Airworthiness Date: 16-Jun-1999. Restricted.

N104RL Jacknife Associates Inc., Anchorage, AK. Regd 04-Jun-1992. Canx 24-Jan-2005.

N104RL GCI Communication Corp., Anchorage, AK. Regd 25-Jan-2005. Canx 02-May-2005.

N104RL Rainbow Bay Resort, Pedro Bay, AK. Regd 24-May-2005. Canx 16-Jan-2009.

N104RL Tanada Lake Lodge, Roger L. Fischer & Joanne Weatherley, Grand Junction, CO. Regd 21-Apr-2009. Canx 23-Apr-2010.

Note: Picture evidence of active aircraft wearing N152RF on 31-May-2009 with tiny DIY stick-on alpha numeric lettering.

N152RF Tanada Lake Lodge, Wrangell-Elias National Park, AK. Regd date unknown. Canx 15-Jul-2011.

N152RF Roger L. Fischer dba., Tanada Lake Lodge, Grand Junction, CO. Based Willow Lake, AK. Regd 10-Sep-2011.

N152RF Rainbow Bay Resorts LLC., Pedro Bay, AK. Regd 02-Mar-2016.

N772AE Reserved 07-Mar-2016.

N772AE Rainbow Bay Resorts LLC., Pedro Bay, AK. Regd 02-Mar-2016.


USAF History

52-6117 was made available on 27-Apr-1953, and accepted on 08-May-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 Alexandria AFB., LA., and the 6th Liaison Squadron on 08-Jun-1953 where it remained until 26-Mar-1953 before being passed over to the 366th Fighter Bomber Wing on 18-Jan-1954. While based here it suffered category 3 damage in a mid air collision with 51-6109 on 09-Nov-1953.

It was next assigned to the Air Research and Development Command at Edwards AFB., CA., and attached to the host unit the 6510th Air Base Wing. Its initial stay was relatively short, only until 25-Mar-1954 when it passed to El Centro Naval Station and attached to the 6511st Test Group (Parachute) operating jointly with the US Navy.

Emblem of the 6511th Test Wing/Group (Parachute)

It stayed at El Centro until 10-May-1958 but underwent maintenance at the San Bernardino facility at Norton, AFB, CA between 22-Nov-1954 and 01-Dec-1954 and back at Downsview from 28-Feb-1957 to 15-Apr-1957.

Its next active duty location was at Griffiss AFB., New York, home to the Rome Air Depot, which continued which supported USAF electronics and RADAR systems. At about this time it was re designated as a JU-6A. The Command was re-designated as the Air Force Logistics Command in Apr-1961. It is understood that the aircraft next moved to Wright Patterson AFB., Ohio and attached to a unit with the acronym AODDV but it has not been possible to ascertain the nature of its duties. This move occurred on 13-June 1961.

Its remaining military history is still to be researched but it is known that after spending time at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., it was passed to the US Army on 13-Apr-1966.


N104RL in the making. 1990-1992.
Photos: Jeff Denny Collection © 1990 / 1992 - Aird Archives