C-GMGD at Whitehorse when with Alpine Aviation.
Photo: Ramin Badakschan © 06 July 2009 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD in her new livery at Victoria.
Photos: Mike Pink © 17 May 2008 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD arrives at Nanaimo Harbour.
Photos: Neil Aird © 06 June 2007
C-GMGD a tad choppy eh?
Photo: Ron Kosys © 23 May 2006 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD moored at "the spit".
Photo: John Caswell © 05 February 2006 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD at Victoria, looking for a new owner.
Photos: Neil Aird © 18 October 2002
C-GMGD takes a break at sunny Vernon.
Photo: Mick Egan © 15 October 2002 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD with winter shoes at Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
C-GMGD in swimming attire.
Photos: © Rich Hulina - Aird Archives
C-GMGD gets a shower.
Photo: Robert S. Grant © 1998 - Aird Archives
C-GMGD during her lovely red period.
Photo: Rich Hulina © 1993 - Lenn Bayliss Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Nicky Sherrer (?) © April 1990 - Aird Archives
Photo: Robert S. Grant © June 1988 - Aird Archives
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 01 December 1984 - Ruben Husberg Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Ab Gobets © 07 August 1983 - via Coert Munk - Aird Archives
Photo: Andrew Brattkus © Early 1983 - Ruben Husberg Collection - Aird Archives
N67091 at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wings and ribs anyone? Please leave a tip.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1980 - Aird Archives
N67091 with Gifford Aviation at Anchorage, Alaska.
Photo: Peter Keating © August 1978 - Ian MacFarlane Collection - Aird Archives
N67091 at Seattle's Boeing Field.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 13 March 1976 - Aird Archives
52-6131 still with buzz code LG-131.
Photo: USAF © Unknown date - Aird Archives


52-6131 • N1UW • N67091



52-6131 USAF #1293 L-20 No. 294 Command AF-3. Delivered 02-Jul-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

52-6131 Stored at MASDC, Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., Arrived 18-Mar-1965. Departed 13-Apr-1966.

52-6131 Reported to be with US Army from 13-Apr-1966.

N1UW Wisconsin State University, WI. Regd Sep-1972.

N67091 Gifford Aviation, Anchorage, AK. Circa 1978. Canx. 23-Nov-1981.

Note: Mar-1976 Shown with “Norton Spirit" marks. Gifford Aviation shows same stylised “spirit” marks.

Accident: Gold Creek, AK. 21-Sep-1979. On landing roll on private strip, pilot lost control and ground looped. Substantial damage to aircraft. Pilot and passenger uninjured.

C-GMGD Imported into Canada. Oct-1981.

Note: Rolled out 03-Jul-1982, at Vancouver, BC., after complete re-build by Pacific Aircraft Salvage.

C-GMGD Orca Air Ltd., Port McNeill, BC. Canx 24-Feb-1984.

C-GMGD Fort Franklin Dene Development Corp., Fort Franklin, NT. Canx 12-Oct-1984.

C-GMGD Hallmark Leasing Co., Vancouver, BC. Canx 21-Feb-1985.

C-GMGD Waglisla Air Inc., Richmond, BC. Canx 28-Jun-1985

C-GMGD Air Sahtu Ltd., Fort Franklin, NT. Canx 04-Nov-1985.

C-GMGD Mackenzie Forest Products, Hudson, ON. Canx 08-Dec-1986.

C-GMGD Northern Wood Preservers Inc., Thunder Bay, ON. Regd 29-Jul-1987. Canx 17-Apr-1989.

C-GMGD Lockhart Air Services Ltd., Sioux Lookout, ON. Regd 06-Oct-1997. Canx 31-Mar-1998.

C-GMGD North Star Air Ltd., Pickle Lake, ON. Regd 11-May-1998. Canx 09-Jun-1999.

C-GMGD Ignace Airways (1996) Ltd., Ignace, ON. Regd 16-Jun-1999. Canx 07-Mar-2000.

C-GMGD Slate Falls Airways (1999) Inc., Sioux Lookout, ON. Regd 07-Mar-2000. Canx 14-Nov-2002.

Note: Attended the de Havilland Canada “Out of Production” meet at Victoria, BC, 18-20-Oct-2002.

C-GMGD Viking Air, Sidney, BC. Regd 16-Dec-2002. Canx 09-Jul-2003.

C-GMGD Keywinds Air Ltd., Little Grand Rapids, MB. Regd 09-Jul-2003. Canx 02-Feb-2004.

C-GMGD Wamair Service & Outfitting Inc., Matheson Island, MB. Regd 09-Jul-2004. Canx 22-Oct-2004.

C-GMGD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC. Regd 08-Feb-2005. Based at Matheson Lake. MB. Canx 03-Jun-2005.

C-GMGD MJM Air Ltd., Campbell River, BC. Regd 06-Jun-2005. Canx 28-Sep-2006 (in North Star Air livery summer 2005). Still showing North Star logo.

C-GMGD West Coast Air Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Regd 29-Aug-2006. Canx 08-Jan-2008.

C-GMGD Viking Air, Sidney, BC. Regd 08-Jan-2008.Canx 21-May-2008.

C-GMGD Alpine Aviation (Yukon) Ltd., Whitehorse, NT. Regd 21-May-2008. Canx 07-Nov-2008, 22-Oct-2008, 07-Nov-2009, 22-Nov-2010, 07-Jan-2011, 22-Oct-2011, 07-Nov-2011. Canx 31-Jan-2012. Regd 28-Feb-2012. Canx 07-Nov-2012.

Total Time: 14,000 hours. in Feb-2008 Mods include: EDO 4580 floats. Kenmore finlets, extended baggage compartment, Forward battery and alternator mod. Bubble door windows. Wing tip tanks and Garmin glass panel.

Not e:  Flying shots over Yukon, in Billy Connolly’s “Journey to the end of the world” series  Feb/ Mar-2009.

C-GMGD Viking Air, Sidney, BC. Regd 26-Jul-2013

Total time: At Jun-2013 – 16,083 hours

C-GMGD Simpson Air (1981) Ltd., Fort Simpson, NT. Regd 22-Jul-2014.


USAF History

52-6131 was made available on 10-Jun-1953 and accepted on 26-Jun-1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, ON., after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command and the 7th Liaison Squadron at Greenville / Donaldson AFB., SC., on 02-Jul-1953. It suffered an accident between Donaldson AFB., & Langley AFB., VA., on 26-May-1954 when it suffered minor damage caused by structural failure. The pilot was Walter O. Edrington. Staying at this location it also served with the 4501st Headquarters Sqd from 09-Jun-1954 until 01-Sep-1954 and the 4901st Support Sqd until 10-Apr-1955.

It was now assigned to the Training Command and moved to Laughlin AFB., TX., where it was attached to the 3645th Combat Crew Training Wing until 23-Aug-1955. During this time it suffered a further accident on 13-Jun-1955, 15 mi. NE of Del Rio, TX with category 3 damage (medium/serious) during a landing accident. The pilot was Frank B. Culver III.

Its next deployment was to the 3595th Combat Crew Training Wing at Nellis AFB where it remained until 20-Dec-1956 and then staying with the training theme it moved to the 3525th Pilot Training Wing at Williams AFB., AZ. This was also labelled as a Combat Crew Training Wing and the aircraft remained at this location until 22-Aug-1960 with the unit being re- designated as the 4530th Combat Crew Training Wing on 17-Jan-1958.

Emblem of the 3525th Pilot Training Wing

It next moved to another Combat Crew Training unit, this time the 4510th at Luke AFB., AZ., where it possibly remained until being passed to the MASDC at Davis Monthan AFB., AZ., on 18-Mar-1965 where it remained until passed to the US Army on 13-Apr-1966.

Emblem of the 4510th CCT Group