N768 at Kingston, New York.
Photo: Bob Finch © 16 August 2015 - via Ken Kula
Photos: Bob Finch © 15 August 2015 - via Ken Kula
N768 makes her "Maiden Flight" at North Pole, AK.
After 21 years of sitting . . N768 is now flying again. Two year restoration.
Photos: Troy Dunn © 01 September 2009
N768 enjoying some autumn sunshine this time!
Photo: Neil Aird © 06 September 2004
N768 in the drizzle at Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK.
Photos: Neil Aird © 05 September 1995
N768 in snow instead of rain !
Photos: Derek Linder © October 2001
N768 many years ago.
Photo: Gordon Reid © November 1972
52-6038 of 85th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Scott AFB.
Photo: Sgt. Harry Bell © 1950's

via Bob Archibald, LtCol, USAF (ret) - Historian, 85th FIS Alumni Assoc.

Photo: Unknown photographer © 1950's - Rainer Haufschild Collection - Aird Archives





52-6083 USAF #1245. L-20 No. 246, Command AF-3. Delivered 22-Jan-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Airworthiness Cert 29-Apr-1968.

N768 US Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service. Circa 1970.

N768 Kenneth Darwin Wright, Anchorage, AK. Regd 27-Dec-1978. Canx 26-Oct (Sep)-2007.

N768 Four Paws Aero Ltd., North Pole, AK. Now Kerhonkson, NY. Regd 25-Sep-2007.


USAF History

52-6083 was made available to the USAF at 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit, Downsview, ON., on 09-Jan-1953, and was accepted on 16-Jan-1953. It was assigned to the Air Defence Command and delivered to Stewart AFB., NY., on 22-Jan-1953 where it was initially attached to the 4700th Air Base Group which was responsible for the station support units, before it moved to the 9th Liaison Group on 15-April-1953. One month later on 20-May-1953 the aircraft moved to Selfridge AFB., MI., where it was attached to another section of the 9th Liaison Group and then on to the 33rd Air Division at Tinker AFB., OK., part of the Eastern Air Defence Force. It remained here between 31-May-1953 and 08-Feb-1955.

Its next allocation was to Scott AFB., IL., and the 85th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, a component of the 33rd Air Division. It remained until 10-Nov-1957 with the unit deploying to Grandview AFB., MO., during Jun & Jul-1956 and Yuma, AZ., during Nov & Dec 1955 for approximately a four week deployment on each occasion.

Emblem of the 85th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

The next allocation occurred on 10-Nov-1957 when the aircraft transferred to the 29th Air Defence Division at Malmstrom AFB., MT., and then at the same location to the 4642nd Support Wing. Staying with the 29th Division the aircraft now transferred to the 32nd Fighter Wing (Air Defence) at Minot AFB., ND., on 23-Jun-1961 and was subsequently re-assigned to the Strategic Air Command at the same location and to the 4136th Strategic Wing on 30-Jun-1962.

Its further military history is to be researched.