N9766Z while with SEA at Ketchikan in 1981.
Photos: Lenn Bayliss © 1981
N9766Z on the dolly at Ketchikan.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 22 June 1982 - Aird Archives
N9766Z sporting some new "skin".
Photo: Yoshihiro Kawada © 25 May 1993 - Aird Archives
N9766Z arriving at Kenmore, WA.
Photo: Neil Aird © 13 September 1995
Photo: Neil Aird © 09 May 2001
N9766Z caught at Nanaimo, BC.
Photo: Ian Whyte © 21 June 2004
N9766Z at the Kenmore dock.
Photo: Ian Wilson © 06 July 2004
N9766Z on Lake Union.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 23 August 2008
N9766Z docked at Elliott Bay.
Photo: Mike Sutton © December 2008
N9766Z soldiering on with Kenmore.
Photo: Thomas A. Baillie © 05 September 2010
N9766Z navigates busy Lake Union Terminal waters.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 16 August 2015
N9766Z still earning her keep from downtown Seattle.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 01 September 2017
N9766Z with KENMORE AIR 75th logo decal.
Photo: Philip Casey © 11 October 2022


52-6121 • N13454



52-6121 USAF #1283 L-20 No: 284. Command AF-3. Delivered 08-Jun-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Airworthiness Cert: 14-Jun-1968.

N13454 Webber Airlines Inc., Ketchikan, AK. Poss. regd Apr-1971.

N9766Z South East Alaska Airlines Inc., Ketchikan, AK. Regd Jul-1979..

N9766Z Kenmore Air Harbor Inc., Kenmore, WA. Regd 20-May-1985.

Accident: Winslow, WA. 04-Oct-1999. Aircraft was flying low and slow for aerial video photography at the request of the BBC cameramen when it stalled and struck trees. The programme was an edition of the science programme Tomorrow’s World featured tectonic plates in the Seattle area and was narrated by John Snow. Substantial damage to aircraft; of five occupants; only one was injured. No NTSB accident report traced.

Note: Rebuilt at Kenmore with extra windows and other modifications.


USAF History

52-6121 was made available on 13- May-1953 and accepted on 20-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 George AFB., CA., where it was attached to the 1st Liaison Squadron from 08-Jun-1953. Remaining at George it passed to the 21st Fighter Bomber Wing on the 18-Jan-1954 and then the 479th Fighter (Day) Wing on 15-Nov-1954.

Emblem of 479th Fighter Day Wing

A re-assignment to the Tactical Air Command followed. It moved to Nellis AFB., with the 3595th Combat Crew Training Wing from 08-Mar-1955. It moved to the 3600th Combat Crew Training Wing at Luke AFB between 07-Jun-1956 and 07-Jun-1956 and then returned to the 3595th until 01-Aug 1958. During this time it returned to Downsview for maintenance between 26-Sep-1956 and 15-Oct-1956.

After the 3595th the aircraft moved to the 4520th Combat Crew Training Wing still at Nellis. The record card shows it as only being there until 21-Aug-1958 as it appears to have had a crash but currently we have no details.