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c/n 216

C-GLMT at Lac Sébastien base, Québec.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2001
C-GLMT three years later.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 01 May 2004 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 216




• IM-1716 Indian Air Force. Delivered 17-Jan-1958. Withdrawn from the inventory on 31-Mar-1991.

Total time: 5,883 hours.

• No Regn Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales / La Ronge Aviation, La Ronge, SK.

• C-GLMT Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Jonquière, QC., who rebuilt the aircraft. Based Lac St. Sébastien, near Chicoutimi, QC. Regd May 1996, 23-Apr-1999, 23-May-2003 & 02-Sep-2003.

Power plant: Converted to Vazar turbine. Date unknown.


Otter 216 was delivered to the Indian Air Force on 17th January 1958 with serial IM-1716. After test flying at Downsview, it was packed into crate and shipped to India where it was re-assembled and entered service. During 1962, IM-1716 was serving with 59 Squadron and saw action that year in the war against China, flying troops and supplies from Tezpur to Walong. The Indian Air Force continued to fly the Otter until the type was formally withdrawn from the inventory on 31st March 1991, and the surviving aircraft were offered for sale.

The successful bidders for the Indian Otters were Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales / La Ronge Aviation, who travelled to India to prepare the Otters to be shipped back to Canada. IM-1716 was located at Gwuahati Air Base, Assam. It had accumulated 5,883 hours’ total time in Indian Air Force service. It was one of four Otters shipped from Calcutta, by ship to Vancouver and then overland to Saskatoon, where it arrived late January 1995. The Otter was sold to Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., who rebuilt the aircraft, and it was registered to them in May 1996 as C-GLMT, based at Lac St. Sébastien, near Chicoutimi, Québec, part of the large Air Saguenay Otter fleet.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)