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c/n 360

59-2219
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59-2219

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• 59-2219 United States Army. Delivered on 15-Mar-1960. Designated as U-1A.

Initially delivered from Downsview to Addison Field, Dallas, TX., for work on its radios by Collins Radio Corporation.

Then 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.

Jan-1962. Airfield Division, Yuma, AZ., as a test support aircraft.

Mar-1967. Re located to unknown unit.

Aug-1967. It went to the New Cumberland Army Depot, PA., for overhaul.

Mar-1968. Stored at the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA., for storage.

Jan-1970. To Vietnam, arriving with the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau.

Feb-1970. 18th Aviation Company until dis-bandment.

Mar-1971. Into storage with the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau,

July 1971. Scrapped and deleted from the Army inventory the following month.

Scrapped

Otter 360 was delivered to the United States Army on 15th March 1960 with serial 59-2219 (tail number 92219). It was assigned to the Polar Research and Development Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia as was 92218 (358) which had been delivered the previous week. Both Otters were painted in a high-visibility overall orange colour scheme. They 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, Virginia. The Otters were based during the winter months at Davison AAF, Fort Belvoir 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 and based at Thule Air Base. 92218 was lost in an accident in Greenland, but 92219 survived its tour of duty on the icecap.

By January 1962 92219 was based with the Airfield Division, Yuma, Arizona as a test support aircraft, having exchanged the extreme cold of Greenland for the Arizona desert. It remained at Yuma until March 1967. Its operating unit for the next five months is unknown but in August 1967 it went to the New Cumberland Army Depot in Pennsylvania for overhaul and then in March 1968 it arrived at the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California for storage. In January 1970 it was sent to Vietnam, arriving with the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau. It was issued the next month to the 18th Aviation Company. 92219 served with the 18th Aviation Company until March 1971, as the Company was disbanding. It was then put into storage with the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau, the unit responsible for the disposal of all Army Otters in Vietnam. It remained in storage at Vung Tau until July 1971, when it was scrapped and 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)