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c/n 157

CF-DAK of Green Aiways, kicking up some snow.
Photo: Unknown photographer © March 1978 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FDAK being taken care of.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2001
C-FDAK awaiting spring season at Lac Sebastien base.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 01 May 2004 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FDAK resting, this time at Geraldton - CYGQ, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © 03 November 2016

c/n 157

55-3301 • CF-DAK

C-FDAK

X

 55-3301 United States Army. Delivered 5th September 1956. Designated as U-1A.

 Initially attached to 3rd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.

Jul-1957. 3rd Aviation Company deployed to Illesheim, Germany until disbanded in Nov-1959.

Nov-1959. Assigned to the 2nd Aviation Company, based at Verdun, France where it continued to serve until March 1964.

May-1964. New Cumberland Army Depot, Harrisburg, PA., where it underwent depot level maintenance and then storage.

Sept-1966. Into storage at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Feb-1968. 54th Signal Brigade. Vietnam

Jul-1969. To the 520th Transportation Battalion, who prepared it for shipment to the USA.

Sep-1969 At the US Army's Forest Park, Atlanta, GA., depot.

May 1972. Deleted from US Army inventory and put up for disposal.

• N88765 Wayne H. Peterson, Minneapolis, MN. Regd 12-Mar-1973 Canx 15-May-1973 on export to Canada.

• CF-DAK Kyro's Albany River Airways Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON, Regd 06-Jun-1973. Canx circa 1974.

• CF-DAK & C-FDAK Green Airways Ltd.,  Red Lake, ON. Regd circa 1974. Canx 14-Jul-1986.

• C-FDAK Pickle Lake Air Services Ltd., Pickle Lake, ON.  Regd date unknown. Canx 09-Jan-1987

• C-FDAK V Kelner Airways Ltd., Pickle Lake, ON. Regd date unknown. Canx 08-Jun-1988.

• C-FDAK 239665 Alberta Ltd., Calgary,  AB. Regd 27-May-1988. Canx 15-Jun-1988 Possibly an early incarnation of Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Calgary, AB.

• C-FDAK Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. Regd 15-Jun-1988. Canx 04-Jun-1990.

• C-FDAK Mid Canada Sky Services Ltd., Lynn Lake, MB. Regd 26-Jun-1990. Canx 03-Apr-1992.

• C-FDAK Pourvoierie de la Seigneurie du Lac La Croix Inc., St. Ann de Sorel, QC. Based Lac La Croix, QC. Regd 15-Jun-1992. Canx 15-Aug-1992. Re regd 21-Apr-1993. Canx 18-Aug-1994.

• C-FDAK Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Chicoutimi, QC. Based  Lac Lacroix, QC. Regd 18-Aug-1994. Canx 18-Aug-1994. Regd 01-Jun-1995. Canx 23-Sep-1996. Re regd 23-Sep-1996 at Jonquière, QC Based at Schefferville, QC. Canx 23-Apr-1999. Re regd 23-Apr-1999. Canx 18-Aug-2000 & 26-Jan-2001. Re regd at Chicoutimi again 23-May-2003 & 02-Sep-2003.

Current

Otter 157 was delivered to the United States Army on 5th September 1956 with serial 55-3301 (tail number 53301). It was assigned to the 3rd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, Kansas and moved with the Company when it deployed to Illesheim, Germany in July 1957. The Otter was noted visiting Croydon Airport, London on 13th March 1958. When the 3rd Aviation Company disbanded in November 1959, 53301 was assigned to the 2nd Aviation Company, based at Verdun, France where it continued to serve until March 1964. In May '64 it arrived at the New Cumberland Army Depot, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where it underwent depot level maintenance and then storage. In September 1966 it was put into storage at Fort Sam Houston, Texas until February 1968, when it was transported to Vietnam and joined the 54th Signal Brigade. It served with that organisation until July 1969 and was then entrusted to the 520th Transportation Battalion, who prepared it for shipment home. It arrived at the Army's Forest Park, Atlanta, Georgia depot in September 1969 where it was put into storage until May 1972, when it was deleted from the inventory and put up for disposal as military surplus.

It was acquired by Kyro's Albany River Airways of Thunder Bay, Ontario, to whom a Certificate of Registration as CF-DAK and Flight Permit for Importation Flight from a location in Minnesota was issued on 24th April 1973. Quite how it got from Atlanta to Minnesota is not known. It was formally registered to Kyro's as CF-DAK on 6th June 1973. Over the years that followed, it was to be operated by quite a number of bush carriers in Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. Its next operator, in 1974, was Green Airways Ltd., of Red Lake, Ontario and it was to serve them for twelve years as C-FDAK. It then went through a succession of operators - Pickle Lake Air Services Ltd., of Pickle Lake, Ontario (1986); V. Kelner Airways Ltd., of Pickle Lake, Ontario (1987); Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., of Flin Flon, Manitoba (1988); Mid Canada Sky Services Ltd., of Lynn Lake, Manitoba (1990) and Pourvoierie de la Seigneurie du Lac La Croix Inc., of St. Ann de Sorel, Lac La Croix, Québec from June 1992.

In Augut 1994 it was registered to Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., of Lac Sebastien, Chicoutimi, Québec with whom it was to serve for many years. On 26th September 2001 at Rivière Chateaugua, 170 miles north of Schefferville, Québec, while cruising at 400 feet under a low ceiling, the engine began to vibrate strongly. Application of power produced explosions of flame. The pilot made an immediate landing on a small lake but due to the low altitude from which the descent was made and the wind, this resulted in a heavy landing on the water. The engine was torn from its mounts, as were the floats, part of the float attachment entering the cabin and causing minor injuries to one of the occupants. Subsequent examination did not reveal any defects in the engine, but conditions at the time were favourable to carburetor icing. The Otter was repaired and returned to service with Air Saguenay.

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