• 59-2218 United States Army. Delivered 07-Mar-1960. Designated as U-1A.
Initially delivered from Downsview to Addison Field, Dallas, TX., for work on them by Collins Radio Corporation.
15-Mar-1960: Initially assigned to the Polar Research and Development Center, Davison AAF., Fort Belvoir, VA., where it was based during winter months and at Thule Air Base, Greenland during summer months.
Accident: Camp Tuto. Greenland. Circa Sep-1961. Veered off the runway down an embankment and was wrecked.
Oct-1961. Deleted from the Army inventory.
Otter 358 was delivered to the United States Army on 7th March 1960 with serial 59-2218 (tail number 92218). It was assigned to the Polar Research and Development Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia as was Otter 92219 (360), delivered on 15th March 1960. Unlike most US Army Otters, which were delivered in the standard Army olive drab colour scheme, both of these Otters were painted by DHC in an overall high-visibility orange scheme, befitting their use in snowy terrain. Both Otters were delivered from Downsview to Addison Field, Dallas, Texas for work on them by Collins Radio Corporation, before flying to their base at Fort Belvoir.
The two Otters were based during the winter months at Davison AAF, Fort Belvoir, Virginia but during the summer months, were transported to Greenland, in support of Army activities there. They were flown up to Greenland on board USAF C-124 Globemasters. They were based at Hangar 9, Thule Air Base. There was also an Army base at Camp Tuto at the edge of the icecap. 92218 was lost in or about September 1961 when, on landing at Camp Tuto, it veered off the runway down an embankment and was wrecked. It was deleted from the Army inventory the following month.
Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)