N904AK on her spot.
Photo: Jessica Veal © 23 May 2014
N904AK returns to Palmer from a training flight.
Photo: Fred Seggie © 30 April 2009 - World Air Images
Photos: Robbie Shaw © 30 April 2009
N904AK lots of windows.
Photo: Nigel Hitchman © 26 May 2005
N904AK shot under difficult lighting conditions.
Photos: Neil Aird © 09 September 2004
N904AK at Palmer in June 2003.
Photo: Michael Prophet © June 2003 - via Coert  Munk
Photo:  Erik Johannesson © May 2002
N9262Z at Palmer, AK.
Photo: Martijn Koetsier © 28 June 2001 - Aird Archives
Photo: Lukas Lusser © 1999
N9262Z at Lake Hood.
Photo: Chuck Stewart © July 1999 - Aird Archives
N9262Z outside Alaska Aircraft Sales.
Photos: Bruce W. Gowans © 1998 - Aird Archives
N9262Z in hybrid colour scheme.
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Aird Archives
N9262Z now with additional decal.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1984 - Aird Archives
N9262Z tied down at Fairbanks.
Photo: John Kimberley ©  July 1979
N9262Z at Merrill Field, still in military paint.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 18 August 1977 - Aird Archives
57-6163 poses for DHC camera.
Photo: de Havilland Canada - Bombardier  ©  DHC Print 8902
Drawing from a United States Army manual. - via Chuck Ross


57-6163 • N9262Z



57-6163 US Army # 1832.  L-20 No. 833. Command A-14. Delivered 21-Oct-1958. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

57-6163 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB.,  AZ. 25-Nov-1975 to 20-Feb-1976. PCN (Product Control Number) UD081.

N9262Z Alaska Land Division, Anchorage Regd 18-Feb-1976.

Airworthiness date: 10-Sep-1985. Category – Normal.

N9262Z State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, AK. Regd Aug-1995.

N9262Z United States Department of Agriculture, FEPP (Federal Excess Personal Property). Natural Resource Department Forestry Division,  Anchorage, AK. 09-Sep-1995.

N9262Z Katchemak Air Service Inc., Beluga Lake / Homer, AK.

N9262Z United States Department of Agriculture, (FEPP) (Federal Excess Personal Property), Palmer, AK. Regd 09-Sep-1995. Canx 08-Apr-2002.

Accident: 3 mi. W of Willow AK. 18-Jul-2001. The aircraft sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, about 3 miles west of Willow, AK. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country government flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was owned by the USDA Forest Service, and operated by the State of AK, Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Division. The Certificated airline transport pilot and the two passengers aboard were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and VFR flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated at the Lake Hood Airstrip, Anchorage, AK, about 1230. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on July 19, the pilot reported he was conducting an aerial timber survey. While in cruise flight about 1,000 feet above the ground, the pilot said the engine began to backfire, run rough, and lose power. He said he activated the engine wobble pump fuel pump, and switched fuel tanks, even though each fuel tank contained adequate fuel. The engine then quit, and the pilot said he selected a gravel bar along a glacial fed river as an emergency landing area. He said that during the emergency approach to landing, the airplane landed short of the intended landing site, touched down in about 3 feet of water, and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and vertical stabilizer. After the airplane was recovered, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness inspector from the Anchorage Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), examined the airplane in Palmer, AK, on July 19. The inspector reported that the number seven cylinder was cracked, the number nine cylinder had no compression, and that about one cup of clear water was found within the carburetor float bowl. The inspector reported that he was unable to determine if the cylinder damage, or the presence of water in the carburettor was a result of post impact damage with the river water. The engine was sent to Tulsa Aircraft Engines, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, for inspection and repairs. In a letter dated October 29, 2001, a representative from Tulsa Aircraft Engines, Inc., reported that when the engine was disassembled, the number nine cylinder head was found separated from the cylinder barrel. NTSB report ANC01TA087

N904AK United States Department of Agriculture, (FEPP) (Federal Excess Personal Property), Palmer, AK. Re regd 15-Apr-2002. Operated by State of AK, Dept of Natural Resources, dba Division of Forestry.