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c/n 347

58-7019 • N44NC



• 58-7019 United States Army. Delivered 06-May 1960. Designated as U-1A.

Note. Never operated by the United States Army.

• EA-50 Ethiopian National Defence Force. Donated to Ethiopia under a Military Aid Program.

Last flight with Ethiopian Army 22-Jun-1977. Parked at Lidetta Air Base, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia..

•  Purchased by NCA International, a subsidiary of Newcal Aviation, 1991.

N44NC Newcal Aviation Ltd., Little Ferry, NJ. Regd Jan-1992.

Note: Stored at Luqa, Malta until 1994.

N44NC Pen Turbo Aviation Inc., Rio Grande, NJ. 09-Aug-1985.

Note Pen Turbo were a subsidiary of Newcal. Remained in storage.

• C-FPAD Randy d'Aoust, dba Quality Aircraft Sales of St. Albert, AB. Regd 01-May-1996 Canx 11-Sep-2000.

Note had remained in storage at Aeroflite Industries, Vancouver International Airport, BC.

Status unknown

Otter 347 was delivered to the United States Army on 6th May 1960 with serial 58-7019 (tail number 87019). Of all the 190 Otters delivered to the Army, it was unique, in that it was never operated by the Army but was procured specifically for donation to Ethiopia under a Military Aid Program. It served with the Ethiopian Army and was given the serial EA-50. In later years, the Ethiopian Army received a further five Otters from the US Army.

EA-50 made its last flight on 22nd June 1977, at which stage it had 2,642 total airframe hours. It was then parked at the Lidetta Air Base, Addis Ababa alongside the other three surviving Ethiopian Otters, EA-52 (349), EA-53 (350) and EA-54 (132). These four Otters remained parked at Lidetta until 1991, when they were purchased by NCA International, then a subsidiary of Newcal Aviation. They were registered to Newcal Aviation in January 1992, EA-50 becoming N44NC. They were taken to Malta, where they remained until 1994, when they were shipped to Newcal Aviation's facility at Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Newcal Aviation are a major supplier of parts for DHC aircraft. The four Otters remained in storage at the Little Ferry warehouse for two years. In August 1995 they were registered to Pen Turbo Aviation Inc, Rio Grande, New Jersey, which was a Newcal company incorporated to develop a turbine powered version of the DHC-4 Caribou. In 1996 the four Otters were sold to Mr Randy d'Aoust whose company was Quality Aircraft Sales of St. Albert, outside of Edmonton, Alberta.  All four Otters were trucked the long distance from New Jersey to Alberta, where they went into storage in the hangar which Mr D'Aoust had at his facility at St. Albert. At the same time he also bought an ex Canadian military Otter (409) from Newcal, which was also trucked to St. Albert and although this Otter was rebuilt and sold on, none of the four Ethiopian Otters were rebuilt by  him.

In May 1996, Otter 347 was registered to Quality Aircraft Sales Ltd., St.Albert as C-FPAD but remained in storage. Mr D'Aoust eventually disposed of the Otters and in September 1999 this Otter, together with number 350 (ex EA-53), were noted at the Aeroflite Industries facility at the Vancouver International Airport, awaiting conversion to turbine Otters at some future date. Both were still in the olive drab colours they carried with the Ethiopian Army and still carried their yellow Ethiopian insignia. The Canadian registration C-FPAD was cancelled on 11th September 2000, the Otter remaining in storage at Vancouver.

To be updated. Note: ex Ethiopian Otter fuselage / parts noted on Campbell River 's Tyee Spit. (2017).

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