N6464P with new operator Family Air, at Ketchikan.
Photos: Dirk Septer © 10 July 2023
N264P off again.
Photo: Danny Hoggard © 25 July 2012
Photo: Danny Hoggard © 30 June 2012
N264P working, rain or shine.
Photo: Dirk Septer © 25 June 2012
N264P caught just cruisin' by.
Photo: Doug Barry © 24 August 2004
N264P at Ketchikan in the rain.
Photo: Elwood White © May 2001
N23RF of Ketchikan Air Services.
Photo: Danny Hoggard © March 1994
N23RF at Renton, Washington.
Photo: Unkown photographer © May 1990 - Aird Archives
N3LU of Lake Union, at Seattle, WA.
Photo: Aird Archives © Glen Etchells
N3LU of Lake Union on an outing to Victoria.
Photo: William Jesse © August 1989 - Aird Archives
N1587X visits Victoria, British Columbia.
Photo: Elwood White © April 1988
N1587X in earlier colours at Renton, Washington.
Photo: Ian Macdonald © circa 1984
N1587X at Renton, Washington.
Photo: John Kimberley © December 1981 - Aird Archives
N1587X with some interesting companions at Showano, WI..
Photo: Unknown photographer © 1978 - Tom Singfield Collection
52-6094 sharing a ramp with several civilian craft.
Photo: MAP © unknown date - Wayne Mutza Collection - Aird Archives
52-6094 poses for DHC staff photographer.
Bombardier - de Havilland © Photo: 4123_0856


52-6094 • N1587X • N3LU • N23RF • N264P



52-6094 USAF #1256. L-20 No: 257. Command AF-3. Delivered 17-Mar-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

• 52-6094 Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. Arrived 18-Mar-1965. Departed 21-Sep-1965.

• 52-6094 Rhode Island ANG from 21-Sep-1965.

• 52-6094 Reported as struck off charge from USAF inventory in 1974 (but see below).

• N1587X New Hampshire State Division Resources, Concord, NH.

• Noted there 01-Jun-1969.

N1587X Showano Flying Service, Showano, WI. Regd Mar-1971.(See above).

Airworthiness Date: 14-Apr-1977.

N3LU Lake Union Air Service, Lake Union, Seattle, WA. Regd Sep-1988.

N23RF Ronald L. Fitzgerald, Michael B. Salazar / Ketchikan Air Service Ltd., AK. Feb-1990.

N23RF Michael B. Salazar / Ketchikan Air Service Inc., Ketchikan, AK. Regd 20-Jul-1990. On USCAR at Dec-1995.

Accident: Location unknown 01-Jun-1994. Struck a rock during water landing. Damaged bottom of floats. Minor damage.

Note: Offered for sale by Booker Aircraft Sales, Kelowna, BC., at $275,000 after serving with Ketchikan A/S.

N23RF S. & S. Aircraft Leasing, Ketchikan, AK. Regd 19-Jun-1996.

N264P S. & S. Aircraft Leasing, Ketchikan, AK. Re regn 19-Jun-1996. Canx 07-Apr-2003.

N264P Pacific Airways Inc., Ketchikan, AK. Regd 01-May-2003. Canx 03-Oct-2005

N264P Radial Power Enterprises LLC., Ketchikan, AK. Regd 07-Oct-2005.

Note: Was on rebuild at Kal Air, Vernon, BC. Sep-2008.

N6464P Gateway Aviation LLC., Ketchikan, AK. Regd 10-Dec-2021.

Note: Family Air titles. (Jul-2023).


USAF History

52-6094 was made available to the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit it of the USAF at Downsview, ON., on 06-Feb-1953, accepted 24-Feb-1953 and delivered to the Air Defence Command at Stewart AFB., NY., and the 4700th Air Base Group on 17-Mar-1953. It was attached to the 4700th Maintenance Squadron. Soon after arriving it had an accident at the airfield and suffered category 3 damage (medium / serious) on 30-Mar-1953 following a takeoff accident that involved a ground loop. The pilot was Allen R. McClane. It remained until 08-Jan-1954 and then moved to Mitchel AFB., Long Island, NY., and the 26th Air Division (Defence) on 08-Mar-1954. It next passed to Yuma AFB., AZ., initially joining the 450th ADF Wing and then the 750th Training Group on 06-Mar-1954. This was re designated the 4750th Air Defence Group on 01-Sep-1954 and which was then re designated again as 4750th Air Defence Wing on 01-Oct-1954. It briefly returned to Downsview for maintenance on 11-May-1956 and stayed just a week before resuming its active life at the 4750th on 18-May-1956. The location was re named Vincent AFB., on 13-Oct-1956.

Emblem of the 4750th ADF Wing

On 06-Feb-1959 it reported to the Air Material Command depot at Minneapolis St Paul, MN.,  presumably again for maintenance remaining until 15-May-1959 and then resumed service at Vincent AFB. In Jun-1959 the base was turned over to the Marine Corp and in consequence the unit transferred to MacDill AFB., with effect from 03-Jun-1959.

A change followed on 04-Nov-1960 when the aircraft travelled all the way to Sioux Lookout in ON., Canada where the aircraft was attached to the 915th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. It remained until 27-Sep-1962.

Emblem of the 915th AC &W Sqd

The aircraft remained at this overseas location until 27-Sep-1962 when it passed to the 343rd Fighter Group at Duluth, MN staying only until 09-Nov-1962 after which it was assigned to the Logistics Command and delivered to their Fairchild Aircraft Company Facility at St Augustine, FL. It is understood it passed to the 98th Strategic Aerospace Wing at Dyess AFB., AR on a date unknown and then passed for storage at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., on 18-Mar-1965 and stayed until 21-Sep-1965 when it passed to the Rhode Island ANG on 21-Sep-1965.

Its further USAF history is to be researched. It was reportedly was struck off charge on 15-Mar-1974 after having been stored at Warner Robins AFB., but there is also a recorded civil registration which occurred in Mar-1971.