N3456L back on floats at Lake Hood, Anchorage.
Photo: Jens Brokuf © 23 May 2022 - Aird Archives
N3456L enjoying blue skies at Talkeetna.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 07 May 2022
N3456L Talkeetna walk around.
Photos: Fred Wallis © 07 May 2021 - Aird Archives
N3456L at Lake Hood.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 25 May 2016 - Aird Archives
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 23 May 2016 - Aird Archives
N3456L released!
Photo: Robbie Shaw © 16 June 2016 - Aird Archives
N3456L restrained!
Photo: Ben Cogger © 05 April 2016 - Aird Archives
N3456L showing her metallic paint off.
Photo: Chris Buckley © July 2015 - Aird Archives
N3456L sets sail at Lake Hood.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 27 May 2015 - Aird Archives
N107KS rudder lock tells all.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 21 August 2014 - Aird Archives
N107KS at home base.
Photos: Gary Dumond © 09 August 2009
N311NR hooked and landed at Anchorage.
Photo: Lukas Lusser © 25 June 1999
52-6110 in her very unusual military markings.
Photo: Unknown photographer and date © via Ken F. Measures


52-6110 • N7609C • N311NR • N107KS



52-6110 USAF #1272. L-20 No. 273. Command AF-3. Delivered 18-Apr-1953. Built as L-20A and Re-designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6110 Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB., AZ - Between 18-May-1965 and 16-Sep-1965.

52-6110 West Virginia ANG from 16-Sep-1965.

52-6110 Struck off charge from USAF inventory on 15-Mar-1974.

N7609C Details unknown.

N311NR Michael L. Cusack / Cordova Air Service Inc., Eyak Lake / Cordova, AK. Regd 06-Aug-1984. On USCAR at 01-Oct-1994.

N311NR Mike Cusack’s King Salmon Lodge Inc., King Salmon, AK. Regd 27-May-1997.

N107KS King Salmon Lodge Aero 1 LLC., King Salmon, AK. Regd. 11-Feb-2005 & 31-May-2005.

Note: On FAA records as 56-6110.

N3456L Airglas Inc., Anchorage, AK • Regd 07-Jan-2015.

N3456L Langeland Aviation Services Ltd., Anchorage, AK. Regd 11-Jan-2017.


USAF History

52-6110 was made available on 02-Apr-1953 to the AMO 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit of the USAF at Downsview, ON., and accepted on 09-Apr-1953. It was assigned to the Tactical Air Force on 20-Apr-1953 and attached to the 6th Liaison Squadron at Alexandria, LA. It next moved over to the 366th Fighter Bomber Wing at the same location on 18-Jan-1954.

A re-assignment to the Air Force Material Command on 24-Jan-1954 saw it pass to the Sacramento Air Logistics Centre at McClellan AFB., CA., prior to it moving to the San Francisco embarkation point as it was now assigned to the Air Force Research and Development Command and was on its way to the 4931st Test Squadron on Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific on 03-Apr-1954. Staying at Eniwetok it transferred to the 4930th Test Support Group on 31-Oct-1954 and then passed to the 4951st Test Support Group on an unknown date but remained until 30-Jan-1957 when it was transported to Japan for attention at Showa Air Depot and at Tachikawa before returning to Eniwetok.

Once returned to Eniwetok it was attached to the SWPCE, Special Weapons Centre until 02-Jun-1959 after which it returned to the SWPCE main centre at Kirtland AFB., NM until 20-Feb-1960. It then returned to Eniwetok but it didn’t stay long as remaining with the Air Force Research and Development Command it moved to Holloman AFB., NM on 30-Mar-1960 for the Missile Development Centre remaining until 20-Oct 1962. Like many of its fellow Beavers around this time it next found itself at Hagerstown, MD., until 11-Jan-1963.

A new assignment to the Strategic Air Command next found it at Lincoln, AFB., NE., with the 307th Bombardment Wing.

Emblem of 307th Bombardment Wing

The aircraft was stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., between 18-May-1965 and 16-Sep-1965 and then was passed to the West Virginia ANG. It was struck off charge from the USAF inventory on 15-Mar-1974 having been stored at Warner Robins AFB.