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c/n 228

57-6109 • N8863 • CF-QCU

C-FCQU

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• 57-6109 United States Army. Delivered 16-Dec-1957. Designated as U-1A.

Initially delivered to Army Aviation Board based at Fort Rucker, AL.., until Mar-1969.

Oct-1969. Removed from Army inventory.

 N8863 Ferrer Aviation Inc., Miami, FL. Regd Jul-1971.

CF-QCU Dolbeau Air Service Inc., Chibougamau, QC. Regd Jan-1972.

C-FQCU Re regd to Dolbeau Air Service Inc., Chibougamau, QC.

C-FQCU Renamed as Direquair Inc., Regd 14-Feb-1975.

Incident: Presumed Chibougamau, QC. Mar-Mar-1975. Destroyed by fire.

C-FQCU Canx 09-Apr-1975.

Destroyed by fire

Otter 228 was delivered to the United States Army on 16th December 1957 with serial 57-6109 (tail number 76109). It was delivered to the Army Aviation Board based at Fort Rucker, Alabama. It continued to fly for the Board for the rest of its military career, until March 1969. Army records indicate that it then went on loan from April to September 1969 for a “non military activity”, before being deleted from the Army inventory in October 1969.

It next appeared in July 1971 when it was registered N8863 to Ferrer Aviation Inc., of Miami, Florida, a company which traded in Otters. By Bill of Sale dated 22nd December 1971 Ferrer Aviation sold the Otter to Dolbeau Air Service Inc., of Chibougamau, Quebec. The Otter was then at St. Hubert, Quebec where it sustained some wind damage on 28th December '71. A ferry permit was issued for a flight to St. Jean, Québec where St. Louis Aviation prepared the Otter for service with its new owners. It was registered to Dolbeau Air Service as CF-QCU on 14th January 1972, subsequently becoming C-FQCU.

Dolbeau Air Service Inc., became Direquair Inc., to whom C-FQCU was registered on 14th February 1975, still based at Chibougamau Lac Cache. A letter from Direquair to Transport Canada sadly advised that the Otter had been “completement detruit au sol dans un incendie” (completely destroyed in a fire) on 9th March 1975. The registration was cancelled on 9th April 1975.

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