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c/n 308

58-1695 • N5369G

C-GQOX

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.58-1695 United States Army. Delivered 31-Dec-1958. Designated as U-1A.

Initially delivered to Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA

17th Aviation Company, Fort Ord, California. Actual dates unknown.

Jan-1962. 18th Aviation Company for deployment to Vietnam.

Jan-1963. 339th Transportation Company in Vietnam.

Jul-1963. Returned to 18th Aviation Company at Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Sep-1968. 388th Transportation Company Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Nov-1968 Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA. It remained in storage there until June 1971.

Jul 1971. Based at Fresno, CA until Dec-1971. Reported as for non military purposes.

Dec-1971. Assigned to the Alaska National Guard, 2nd Scout Battalion based at Bethel, AK.

Note: US Army maintenance documents in the file show this aircraft at Sharpe Army Depot, CA., in Apr-1970, Fresno ,CA., Jun-1971, Fort Richardson, AK., Dec-1974 and Bethel, AK., Jun1973, Dec 1974 and Sep 1976.

Incident. Bethel, AK. 13th May 1972. The aircraft ground looped on landing, coming to rest in a ditch at the side of the runway. It was repaired and returned to service.

• N5369G Transferred to Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Anchorage, AK. Regd 23rd August 1977. Initially parked at Anchorage.

Total time: 5,922hrs Feb-1978.

Note: Overhauled and civilianised by Aero Support Facility Inc (Lloyd Rekow).

• N5369G Jon R. Iverson, Baldwin, WI. Regd 28-Dec-1978. Canx 21-Mar-1979.

• No Regn Yorick Management Ltd, Winnipeg.

The following entries preceded by dates are extracts from the Canadian Department of Transport archives.

28-Mar-1979 Allotment C-GQOX to DHC-3 msn 308 for Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., Lac du Bonnet, MB.

29-Mar-1979 Bill of Sale; Jon R. Iverson to Yorick Managements Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.

29-Mar-1979 Bill of Sale; Yorick Managements Ltd to Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., MB.

30-Mar-1979 Provisional Flight Permit & Certificate of Registration to ferry Saint Paul, MN., to Lac du Bonnet MB., valid to 27-Apr-1979

Unknown date. 1979 N5369C (sic) inspected on arrival Lac du Bonnet, TTSN 5,957 hours, “scruffy but basically sound"

• C-GQOX Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., Lac du Bonnet, MB. Purchased 29-Mar-1979.

Total time: 5,957hrs at Mar-1979.

23-Apr-1979 application for Certificate of Registration by Lac du Bonnet Air Parks Ltd.

24-Apr-1979 Certificated Airworthiness issued.

24-Apr-1979 Certificate of Registration issued to Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., Lac du Bonnet, MB.

Incident: Lac du Bonnet 07-Feb-1980 Aircraft destroyed when the roof of the hangar in which it was parked collapsed due to an accumulation of snow.

• C-GQOX Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. 15-Jul-1980.

Destroyed & Parted out

Otter 308 was delivered to the United States Army on 31st December 1958 with serial 58-1695 (tail number 81695). It was assigned to the 17th Aviation Company, Fort Ord, California. It was delivered from Downsview to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California before continuing on to Fort Ord. In January 1962 it was transferred to the 18th Aviation Company for deployment to Vietnam. In January 1963 it went to the 339th Transportation Company and then back to the 18th Aviation Company in July 1963. It was damaged in a crash south of Nha Trang and in March 1964 went back to the 339th TC who spent 4,200 man hours in repairing the Otter, which then returned to service with the 18th Aviation Company in February 1966.

In July 1966 81695 was transported back to the United States for depot level maintenance at the ARADMAC Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas and on completion of this work in October '66 it was returned to Vietnam, being issued to the 54th Aviation Company. It continued to fly for this unit until September 1968, when it was handed over to the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau, to be shipped home, arriving at the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California in November 1968. It remained in storage there until June 1971. Between July and December 1971 it is recorded as being loaned- out for “non-military use”, based at Fresno, California. In December 1971 it was assigned to the Alaska National Guard, based at Bethel, Alaska.

There had been two National Guard Otters based at Bethel, 81685 (291) and 76131 (276), which had been retired and flown south into retirement in the Arizona 'boneyard' in October 1971. They were replaced by 53278 (125) and 81695 (308) in December 1971 and which would continue to serve at Bethel until December 1976, flying for the 2nd Scout Battalion. Two incidents are recorded for 81695 during this period. On 13th May 1972 it ground looped on landing, coming to rest in a ditch at the side of the runway. It was repaired and returned to service. On 7th December 1974, an engine breather line froze shut, building pressure into the engine and blowing oil through the breather gasket.

81695 continued to serve the Alaska National Guard at Bethel until December 1976, when all four National Guard Otters in Alaska (two at Bethel and two at Nome) were withdrawn from service, and transferred to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Initially all four Otters were taken on charge by the Alaska Wing of the CAP and parked at Anchorage, before being ferried south to Seattle by CAP pilots.   On 23rd August 1977 81695 was registered to the Civil Air Patrol as N5369G. It was noted at Boeing Field, Seattle where it was overhauled and civilianised by Aero Support Facility Inc (Lloyd Rekow) on behalf of the CAP. Its Certificate of Airworthiness was issued on 8th February 1978, at which stage of its career it had 5,922 hours on the airframe. It saw little, if any service with the CAP and by Bill of Sale dated 28th December 1978 it was sold to Jon R. Iverson of Baldwin, Wisconsin, to whom it was registered that day.

On 21st March 1979, N5369G was cancelled from the US Register on export to Canada, having been sold by Mr .Iverson to Yorick Management Ltd., of Winnipeg. A few days later, on 29th March 1979 it was sold on by that company to Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., of Lac du Bonnet, north east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. A ferry permit was issued for the aircraft for a flight from St. Paul, Minnesota to Lac du Bonnet, with marks C-GQOX provisionally allocated. The Otter was inspected by Transport Canada at Lac du Bonnet on 9th April 1979. It was described as being “scruffy, but basically sound” and having total airframe hours of 5,957, which meant it had only flown 35 hours since receiving its C. of A. more than a year earlier.

The Otter was registered C-GQOX to Lac du Bonnet Air Park Ltd., on 30th August 1979, having been overhauled and painted in their colours, and entered service with them. It supported fly-in fishing camps for the remainder of the summer, and was used on mining and exploration charters that winter. Sadly, its period of operation was brief, as on 7th February 1980 the roof of the hangar in which it was parked at Lac du Bonnet collapsed due to an accumulation of snow. Also parked in the hangar at the same time were Cessna 337 CF-NRI and Piper Aztec CF-CXX, all of which were destroyed. The Otter was inspected on 11th February 1980 and found to be in bad shape, with the fuselage broken in three places, the right wing broken off and timber sticking through the left wing.

Otter C-GQOX was not an economic proposition to repair and was declared a write-off. It was trucked to Calgary where it was parted out by Kimba Air Services, who were preparing Otter C-GMDG (302) as a replacement for Air Park Aviation Ltd.

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