DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 166

0-4674 with the 142nd TARS, Army National Guard, at Springfield, Missouri.
Photo: Unknown photographer © MAP - Karl E. Hayes Collection
N5348G at Renton - KRTN, Washington.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1978 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GGSL at Selkirk, Manitoba.
Photo: John KImberley © April 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Ruben Husberg © 14 April 1994 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GGSL sets out again, on the river at Selkirk.

c/n 166

144674 • 0-4674 • N5348G

C-GGSL

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• 144674 United States Navy. Delivered 24-Oct-1956. Designated as UC-1A.

Initially delivered to VX-6 at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, RI. Coded JD-11.

Subsequently operated in the Antarctic from Mawson and McMurdo Bases until retired in Sep-1966.

Total time. 741 hrs in US Navy service.

• 0-4674 Army National Guard. Attached to the 142nd TARS (Transport Aircraft Repair Shop) of the Missouri Army Guard, based at Springfield, MO. (Note the hybrid Army / Navy serial.).

• N5348G Civil Air Patrol (Southeast Region) Sep-1977. Unknown base although reported at Renton, WA., in May 1978.

• C-GGSL Sioux Narrows Airways Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.  Provisional Certificate of Registration and Flight Permit for Importation Flight was issued on 12-Oct-1978.

• C-GGSL Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. Regd 11-Jan-1979. Canx 13-Jun-1985.

• C-GGSL Central Air Transport Ltd., Sioux Lookout, ON. Regd Jun-1985. Canx 25-Jun-1986.

• C-GGSL Enterlake Air Services Ltd., dba Selkirk Air, Selkirk, MB. Regd 19-May-1987. Canx 10-May-2005.

Power-plant: Re-engined with a Polish PZL 1000 horse power engine. 

• C-GGSL Pipestone Air Inc., Emo, ON. Regd 25-May-2005.

Current

Otter 166 was delivered to the United States Navy on 24th October 1956 with BuAer serial 144674. It was one of a batch of six Otters delivered to VX-6 Squadron during September/October 1956 and was flown initially to the Squadron's base at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island. All six Otters were transported to the Antarctic, some by ship and some on board USAF C- 124 Globemasters. 144674 was coded JD-11 in service with VX-6.

144674 was retired from VX-6 in September 1966 with 741 hours on the airframe. It was transported back to the United States from the Antarctic and transferred to the Army National Guard, to the 142nd TARS (Transport Aircraft Repair Shop) of the Missouri Army Guard, based at Springfield, Missouri. It retained its Navy colour scheme of day-glo undersides, wing tips and tail, with silver wings and upper fuselage, but adopted an unusual hybrid serial 0-4674, being the 0- used by the Army to indicate aircraft ten years or more in service, together with the 'last four' of the Navy serial. It was later repainted into Army olive drab.

After Army service, the Otter was transferred to the Civil Air Patrol (Southeast Region) in September 1977, registered N5348G. It was noted at Renton Airfield, Seattle in May 1978, registered N5348G, and still painted in Army olive drab colours. It remained with the Civil Air Patrol until sold to Sioux Narrows Airways Ltd of Winnipeg, to whom a Provisional Certificate of Registration as C-GGSL and Flight Permit for Importation Flight was issued on 12th October 1978, the aircraft arriving at Winnipeg from Seattle. After overhaul, it was sold on to Parsons Airways Northern Ltd of Flin Flon, Manitoba to whom it was registered on 11th January 1979 still as C-GGSL. It went to Central Air Transport Ltd of Sioux Lookout, Ontario in June 1985 and then to Selkirk Air Ltd of Selkirk, Manitoba in May 1987. Selkirk Air converted the Otter with a PZL 1000 Polish engine and it remained in service with Selkirk Air during 2004.

The aircraft continued in service with Selkirk Air for 18 years until sold in May 2005. The buyer of the Otter was Pipestone Air Inc. of Emo, Ontario to whom CGGSL was registered on 25 May 2005. Pipestone Air is associated with Pipestone Fly-In Outposts and provides transportation for the company’s fishing lodge guests. The Otter replaced Pipestone’s float-equipped Beech 18 CF-WYR, flying fishermen to the company’s five fly-in fishing camps in the Wabakimi Provincial Park.

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