C-GASF moving on to Vancouver for rebuild.
Photo: Ian Beatty © April 2017
C-GASF at home base - CYZT, Port Hardy.
Photo: Rod Hall © 21 September 2014
C-GASF in a winter wonderland setting.
Photo: Ian Beatty © 2011
C-GASF waiting for fog to burn off.
Photo: Ian Beatty © 12 September 2011
C-GASF at Port McNeill, British Columbia.
Photo: Kihei Kitagawa © 30 June 2011
C-GASF outside Port Hardy base hangar.
Photo: Neil Aird © 24 May 2005
C-GASF at Port Hardy, British Columbia.
Photo: Dirk Septer © 17 December 1997
C-GASF with modified colours at Vancouver International.
Photo: John Kimberley © January 1990
C-GASF of PACIFIC COASTAL at Port Hardy, British Columbia.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 1989
C-GASF in classic TRANS-PROVINCIAL livery.
Photo: Erik Johannesson © June 1985 - Ken Swartz Collection
C-GASF in Air BC colours at Vancouver.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 30 October 1983 - Aird Archives
C-GASF on the river.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Circa 1983 - Aird Archives
C-GASF at Vancouver - CYVR, BC.
Photo: Gary Vincent © April 1981 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
C-GASF titles removed, at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo: John Kimberley © November 1979 - Ruben Husberg Collection
C-GASF in AIRSPAN titles at Vancouver South.
Photo: Erich Gandet © 31 August 1977
57-2561 at Vancouver.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 27 April 1974


57-2561 • L-206 • 57-2561



57-2561 US Army # 1781. L-20 No. 782. Command A-13. Delivered 13-Feb-1958. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

L-206 Air America, Vientiane, Laos. Leased from US Army. 01-Mar-1962 to 21-Apr-1963.

Accident: airstrip in Laos. 12-Aug-1962, Details unknown.

Air America service history: The aircraft arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15-Feb-1962 to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674. It was assembled by Thai Airways and officially received at Bangkok on 01-Mar-1962. It was based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn. An accident was caused by a power plant malfunction resulting in loss of control on take-off from an airstrip in Laos on 12-Aug-1962, after which it was repaired and returned to service. The aircraft was initially scheduled to be returned to the US Army in Oct-1962 but actually returned on 21-Apr-1963.

57-2561 Returned to US Army and canx from military roster in Nov-1974.

C-GASF Airspan Flight Charter Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 04-Nov-1976. Canx prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 04-Nov-1978.

C-GASF West Coast Air Services, Richmond, BC. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 04-Nov-1978. Canx 01-Dec-1980.

C-GASF Air BC Ltd., Richmond, Vancouver, BC.  01-Dec-1980. On CCAR dated 01-May-1981.

C-GASF Jim Pattison Industries Ltd., Prince Rupert, BC. Regd. 09-Oct-1986.

C-GASF Leased to Trans-Provincial Airlines, Prince Rupert, BC. Oct-1986.

C-GASF Air BC Ltd., Richmond, BC. Regd 31-Dec-1987. Canx 006-Jan-1988 06-Sep-1989.

C-GASF Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd., Nanaimo, BC. Based Port Hardy, BC. Regd 06-Sep-1989.

Incident: Port Hardy Airport, BC. 20-Nov-1998. The aircraft was attempting to land on Runway 11 but as he was about to cross the threshold FSS noted a large flock of birds directly in front of the aircraft but was unable to warn the pilot . The pilot however did see them and was able to pull up and had room to land on Runway 07 instead. CADORS report 1998P0768.


Wayne Mutza adds: U-6A 57-2561 served in Vietnam with 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division "Aloha Airlines" beginning in 1966, probably until about 1969. It was the only fixed-wing assigned to the Aeroscout unit, which flew helicopters. The Army passed it to the CIA's Air America where it became L-206