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c/n 295

CF-DRC final resting place on the Parson's scrap heap, at Channing, Manitoba.
Photo: Ian Macdonald © Spring 1984

c/n 295

58-1687

CF-DRC

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• 58-1687 United States Army. Delivered 30-Oct-1958. Designated U-1A.

Initially allocated to 12th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, OK.

Aug-1961.Moved with unit to Yukon Command at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks which also maintained a Platoon at Fort Richardson, Anchorage and the aircraft alternated between the two locations.

May-1972. Put into storage at the Red River Army Depot, TX.

May 1972 Deleted from the Army inventory.

Entries preceded by date are entries from the Canadian Department of Transport archives.

27-Feb-1973 allotment of registration CF-DRC to  DHC-3, serial number 58-1687, to Rainy Lake Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON.

27-Feb-1973 Temporary Flight Permit & Certificate of Registration for Importation Flight Texarkana, TX to Fort Frances, ON for DHC-3 serial number 58-1687 to Rainy Lake Airways.

09-Apr-1974 Application for Certificate of Registration by Rainy Lake Airways Ltd.

01-May-1974 Temporary Flight Permit & Certificate of Registration to test fly for Certificate of Airworthiness for DHC-3 msn 295 to Rainy Lake Airways, valid to 01-Jun-1974.

05-Jun-1974 Above permit reissued, valid to 04-Jul-1974.

07-Jun-1974 Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

17-Jun-1974 Temporary Certificate of Airworthiness & Certificate of Registration to operate for Commercial purpose pending issue of formal documents.

18-Jun-1974 Certificate of registration issued to Rainy Lake Airways Ltd., Fort Frances ON.

• CF-DRC Rainy Lake Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON. Regd 18-Jun-1974.

30-Jul-1974 Application for Certificate of Registration by Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

06-Aug-1974 Certificate of Registration issued to Parsons Airways Northern Ltd.

• CF-DRC Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. Regd 06-Aug-1974.

Accident: Near Precipice Lake MB 10 miles north Flin Flon, 54.52N/101.52W 16-Sep-1981. Crashed in bush due to fuel starvation. Pilot, Robbin MacKinnon injured, eight passengers uninjured. Aircraft destroyed

Total time since new as recorded in Canadian Department of Transport archives.

06-Jun-1974 - 3,317 hours

06-Jun-1975 - 3,562 hours

22-May-1976 - 3,959 hours

10-May-1977 - 4,356 hours

17-May-1978 - 5,033 hours

04-Jun-1979 - 5,716 hours

02-Jul-1980 - 6,305 hours

15-May-1981 - 6,684 hours

• CF-DRC Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. 11-Dec-1981.

Written off

Otter 295 was delivered to the United States Army on 30th October 1958 with serial 58-1687 (tail number 81687). It was allocated to the 12th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and in August 1961 it flew north to Alaska, when the Company was re-assigned there to join the Yukon Command. The 12th Aviation Company was based at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks but maintained a Platoon at Fort Richardson, Anchorage and 81687 alternated between these two bases while it flew for the Company throughout the 1960s. It continued to fly for the unit until May 1971 when together with sister ship 81686 it flew south and was put into storage at the Red River Army Depot, Texas where it awaited disposition. It remained there until May 1972 when it was deleted from the Army inventory and disposed of as surplus.

The purchaser of the Otter was Rainy Lake Airways Ltd., of Fort Frances, Ontario. Marks CF-DRC were provisionally allocated and on 27th February 1973 a ferry permit was issued for a flight from the Depot at Texarkana, Texas to Fort Frances. Upon completion of the rebuild, the Otter was sold to Parsons Airways Northern Ltd of Flin Flon, Manitoba to whom it was registered on 6th August 1974. For the next seven years, the Otter flew for Parsons Airways Northern, based at Flin Flon, until it was destroyed in an accident on 16th September 1981. It was en route from Barrier Lake, Manitoba  to Flin Flon with the pilot and eight passengers on board. It was being flown at low altitude with reduced power settings because of suspected low fuel and headwinds. The engine lost power due to fuel starvation and DRC crash landed in dense bush near Precipice Lake, Ontario. No one was injured, but the Otter was destroyed in the crash.

Noted in Spring of 1984 in a scrapheap at Channing, Manitoba.

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