N73Q docked at W36.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 16 August 2015
N73Q departing Fairbanks float pond.
Photos: Keith Burton © 25 June 2011
N73Q at her lakeside home, Campbell Lake in Anchorage.
Photos: Neil Aird © 08 September 2004
N73Q at Courtenay, British Columbia.
Photos: John W. Olafson ©  25 and 26 May 2004
N73Q at home in Alaska.
Photo: Oliver Herting © August 2001 - Aird Archives
N73Q enjoys celebrity status at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Photo: Melvin Reed © 2000
N9762Z at Beluga Lake, Homer, AK.
Photo: Neil Aird © September 1995
Photo: Unknown photographer  © 06 July 1982 - via Aird Archives
N9762Z in earlier colours.
Photo: Unknown photographer  © 13 June 1975 - Aird Archives
N9762Z with Interior Airways.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1968
N9762Z fitted out with floats.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Aird Archves


51-16517 • N9762Z • C-FYEX



51-16517 USAF #1114. L-20A No: 115. Command AF-1. Delivered 24-Jun-1952. Built as L-20A.

N9762Z Interior Airways Inc., Fairbanks, AK. Circa Jun-1968.

Note; Reported as sold by Interior to Kenmore circa Feb-1971.

N9762Z Katchemak Air Service Inc., Beluga Lake/ Homer, AK. Regd 29-Dec-1970. Canx 03-Jun-1996.

C-FYEX Apex Air Charters Ltd., Atlin, BC. Regd 06-Jun-1996 & 14-Jun-1996. Canx 30-Sep-1999 on export to USA.

Accident: Gladys Lake, BC. 01-Jul-1999. Crashed following engine failure.

N73Q Duane E. Peters, Anchorage, AK. Regd 16-Sep & 01-Oct-1999. Canx 06-Aug-2001.

Airworthiness Cert: 30-Jun-2000.

Note. Duane Peters won "Best Limited Production" award at the EAA AirVenture 2000 at Oshkosh in 2000 with N73Q.

N73Q Denali Leasing Co., (Denali Group Companies Inc), Anchorage, AK. Regd 09-Aug-2001. Canx 03-Jun-2002. Regd 06-Jun-2002.

Note: Advertised for sale post Nov-2013. US$495,000.

Total time recorded as 20,266 hours, with 865 hours since rebuild in 2000.

Modifications / Conversions include: Seaflight Float luggage hatches in floats, battery relocated forward, Sealand trim tab STC. Hartzell prop, center seat, Jasco alternator, seaplane fins, Precise pulse lights, Alaska doors, bubble windows. 5,370 lb gross wt increase.

N73Q GDFM LLC., Jacksonville, OR. Regd 03-Aug-2015.


USAF History

51-16517 was made available on 11-Jun-1952 and accepted on 18-Jun-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was assigned to the Tactical Air Command. It was delivered to Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC on 24-Jun-1952 where it was attached to the 4th Liaison Flight until 22-Jul-1952 when it moved to Shaw AFB, SC for the 2nd Liaison Squadron until 04-Jun-1954 moving across to the 363rd Reconnaissance Combat Crew Training Wing until the end of the year.

Emblem of the 363rd Flying Training Group

It then was assigned to the Headquarters Command at Bolling AFB Washington DC where it was attached to the 1100th Operations Squadron. It remained until 06-Jun-1956 after which it passed to the Air Material Command facility at Norton AFB and the San Bernardino Air Material Area for three weeks until 30-Jan-1956. It continued to pass back and forth Between Bolling and Norton until 06-Oct-1958 after which the aircraft’s record card shows that reclamation had been authorised. However it is unclear as to reason and the immediate future of the aircraft as it can be seen that from at least 1970 it was transferred to the civilian register.