57-6111 • N80941 • CF-CBA • C-FCBA
• 57-6111 United States Army Delivered 10-Jan-1958. Designated U-1A.
Initially to Addison, TX., for installation of radio equipment for the European theatre by the Collins Radio Corporation.
May 1964. Assigned to Europe. Most details unknown.
Mar-1970. Assigned to the Army's Special Forces Detachment at Bad Tolz, Germany until Dec-1970.
Dec-1970. Into storage at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany.
Oct-1971. Deleted from Army inventory and put up for disposal.
Total time: 3,123 hours.
• N80941 Ferrer Aviation Inc., Miami, FL.
Note. Overhauled and civilianised by Perimeter Aviation at Winnipeg, MB.
• CF-CBA Parsons Airways Ltd., Kenora, ON. Circa 1973.
• C-FCBA Re regd to Parsons Airways Ltd., Kenora, ON. Canx 06-Jul-1982.
• C-FCBA Kenora Air Service Ltd., Kenora, ON. Regd 22-Jun-1982.
• CF-CBA Re regd to Kenora Air Service Ltd., Kenora, ON, 06-Jul-1999.
• Current •
Otter 230 was delivered to the United States Army on 10th January 1958 with serial 57-6111 (tail number 76111). It was one of sixteen Army Otters flown from Downsview to Addison, Texas for work to be done on them by the Collins Radio Corporation. Most of these Otters were then assigned to Europe. By January 1962 76111 was in storage at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany as maintenance float. It was issued to a European unit in May 1964 but unfortunately details of its service career over the next few years are unknown. It was noted visiting the USAF base at Wethersfield, England on 5th July 1968 and making several visits to Mildenhall during November 1969. In March 1970 it was assigned to the Army's Special Forces Detachment at Bad Tolz, Germany until December 1970 when it returned to Coleman Barracks and was placed in storage. It remained in outside storage there until deleted from the Army's inventory in October 1971 and it was put up for disposal.
76111 was one of eight Army Otters, all in storage at Coleman Barracks, put up for sale by sealed bid tender with a closing date of 29th December 1971. The successful bidder for all eight Otters was Ferrer Aviation Inc., of Miami, Florida. The total price paid for all eight Otters was $303,640 of which $41,600 was the price paid for 76111 which had 3,123 hours on the airframe at the time of sale. 76111 was allocated marks N80941 for Ferrer Aviation, who contracted ferry company Air Convoy to fly the eight Otters to Canada. All followed the same route, two at a time. N80941 accompanied sister ship N80943 (ex 76110), routing from Coleman Barracks to Saarbrucken and then onwards to Ashford in Kent and on to Shannon in Ireland, where they arrived on 7th April 1972. Ferry tanks having been fitted by SRS Aviation at Shannon, they continued on to Reykjavik, Iceland on 20th May '72 and then via Greenland and Goose Bay, Newfoundland to Winnipeg, where they were overhauled and civilianised by Perimeter Aviation.
N80941 was sold to Parsons Airways Ltd., of Kenora, Ontario and joined their fleet in 1973 registered CF-CBA, later re-registered C-FCBA. It served with them until sold to Kenora Air Service Ltd., in June 1982 with whom it has served for many years, reverting to CF-CBA. Twenty-two years later, during 2004, it was still flying for Kenora Air Service.
Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)