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c/n 113

55-3267 with 55-3272 in de Havilland Canada publicity shot.
Photo: DHC © May 1956 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GPHD at Sabourin's Cochenour base.
Photos: Neil Aird © 14 July 1995

c/n 113

55-3267

C-GPHD

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55-3267 United States Army. Delivered on 15th May 1956. Designated U-1A.

Allocated to the 14th Army Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.

Re-designated the 1st Aviation Company and moved to Fort Benning, GA., Aug-1956 until Mar-1961.

Transferred to 2nd Missile Command, Fort Carson, CO. Mar-1961 until Apr-1962.

It joined the 17th Aviation Company at Fort Ord, CA. Apr-1962.

55-3267 United States Air Force. Transferred Sep-1963.

Assigned to the 4082nd Strategic Wing, Goose Bay Air Base, NL.,  Oct-1962 and later the 95th Strategic Wing in Aug 1966.

Accident: Goose Bay, NL. 22nd May 1974. During a series of touch-and-go landings at Goose, the aircraft veered off the runway. It dug into the ground, nosed-up and returned to the 3-point position   with considerable force, during which the rear fuselage and tail wheel assembly received extensive compression damage.

Total time: 6,005 hrs at May-1974.

C-GPHD Bradley Air Services Ltd., Carp, ON. Regd Aug-1976 after rebuild by Bradley.

Accident Shepherd Bay, NT, 14-Sep-1977. The pilot attempted to lift off before safe flying speed was reached, swung to the left and ran off the 4,500 foot runway. The aircraft was repaired.

C-GPHD Air Ranger Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Dates unknown.

C-GPHD Sabourin Lake Airways Ltd., Cochenour, ON, Regd 20-May-1980. Ceased operations Canx 31-Jul-1996.

C-GPHD Wildcountry Airways Ltd., Red Lake, ON. Based, Cochenour ON. Regd 16-May-1997. Canx 03-Jun-1997. Re regd 07-Aug-1997.

For Sale at $475,000CDN at end of 2001 flying season.

Total time . 16,864 hrs

C-GPHD Reported as sold to TC Aviation, Saskatoon, SK. Dec-2001 but not on CCAR.

C-GPHD Leased to Wildcountry Airways Ltd, Red Lake, ON. Regd & Canx 29-May-2002. Based Points North Landing SK. Canx & re regd 30-May-2002. Address at La Ronge, SK Still based at Points North Landing. (Assumed admin error with these multiple dates). Canx 06-Nov-2003.

Note: Converted to Vazar turbine power by TC Aviation at their facilities at Saskatoon, SK. (Note: CCAR still shows as piston powered Nov-2015).

C-GPHD T.C. Leasing Ltd., La Ronge, SK. Regd 06-Nov-2003.

C-GPHD Osprey Wings, La Ronge, SK. Based Otter Lake, SK. Regd 07-Jun-2004.

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Otter 113 was delivered to the United States Army on 15th May 1956 with serial 55-3267 (tail number 53267). It was allocated to the 14th Army Aviation Company, Fort Riley, Kansas. In August '56 the 14th was re-designated the 1st Aviation Company and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia where it continued to fly the Otter until 1961, when it converted to the Caribou, relinquishing its U-1As to other units. 53267 was then transferred to the 2nd Missile Command, Fort Carson, Colorado until April 1962, when it joined the 17th Aviation Company at Fort Ord, California.

53267 was one of three 17th Aviation Company Otters transferred to the United States Air Force. In September 1963, the three Otters (53256, 53267 and 81696) were flown from Fort Ord to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California where they were prepared for their new role and painted in USAF colours. At the same time, the USAF crews were given instruction on the Otters at Fort Ord. In October 1963, they were delivered from Stockton to Goose Air Base, Labrador where they were assigned to the 4082nd Strategic Wing, and later the 95th Strategic Wing, as already described in relation to 53256.

53267 served at Goose Air Base for eleven years, until it met with an accident on 22nd May 1974, ending its military career in a somewhat undignified fashion. The Otter was on a pilot proficiency training flight in the local area. During a series of touch-and-go landings at Goose, the aircraft veered off the runway. It dug into the ground, nosed-up and returned to the 3-point position with considerable force, during which the rear fuselage and tail wheel assembly received extensive compression damage. That was it, as far as the Air Force was concerned, and the “wreckage” was put up for sale. Total time on the airframe at that stage was 6,005 hours.

The damaged Otter was purchased by Bradley Air Services Ltd., of Carp, Ontario and rebuilt using parts from their own Otter CF-OTX (432), which had crashed on 24th September 1974. After a lengthy rebuild at Carp, Otter 113 was registered C-GPHD and joined the Bradley fleet in August 1976, being registered to Bradley Air Services Ltd that month. It was involved in an accident on 14th September 1977 at Shepherd Bay, Northwest Territories, a cold overcast day with a temperature of - 5C. The pilot attempted to lift off before safe flying speed was reached, swung to the left and ran off the 4,500 foot runway. The accident report blamed “inadequate pre-flight preparation or planning, specifically ice on the airframe”. The aircraft was repaired.

The Otter was sold to Air Ranger Ltd., of Winnipeg, Manitoba and then to Sabourin Lake Airways Ltd., of Cochenour, Ontario to whom it was registered in May 1980. It flew alongside Sabourin's other Otter C-FVQD (466). Sadly, after a long period of Otter operations, this carrier ceased operations in 1996 and both Otters were sold. The purchaser of PHD was Wildcountry Airways Ltd., of Red Lake, Ontario to whom the Otter was registered in May 1997. It continued in service with Wildcountry Airways until the end of the summer 2001 season and was then advertised for sale, with a total time of 16,864 hours on the airframe and an asking price of $475,000 Canadian. It was sold in December 2001 to TC Aviation of Saskatoon and was registered to Points North Air Services, Points North Landing, Saskatchewan on 30th May 2003, on lease from TC Aviation. In October 2003 it arrived at TC Aviation's Saskatoon facility to be converted to a Vazar turbine, and on 6th November 2003 was registered to T.C. Leasing Ltd., La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Following completion of the conversion, it joined the fleet of Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge, Saskatchewan to whom it was registered on 7th June 2004.

Full history courtesy of Karl E. Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter: A History (2005).

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