UB-456 • C-GHYB
• UB-656 Union of Burma Air Force. Delivered 23-Sep-1960.
• 4656. Re serialled after change of country name to Myanmar. Date unknown. Operated with Transport Squadron at Mingaladon AFB.
1985. Withdrawn from service and put into storage.
Purchased by Golden Aviation, Rolla-Vichy, MO. Purchased circa-1998 / 1999.
• C-GHYB. South Peace Services Ltd., Silver Falls, MB. Regd 23-Apr-2001. Canx 13-May-2002.
Power-plant:. Re engined with Polish PZL 1000hp engine.
• C-GHYB Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Silver Falls, MB. Regd 13-May-2002.
• N56249 4 Star Aviation Inc., Jefferson City, MS. Regd 19-Jul-2007.
Note: Shown on FAA register as 4656!! Its Myanmar military serial.
• Current •
Otter 386 was delivered to the Union of Burma Air Force on 23rd September 1960 with serial UB 656. The Air Force took delivery of nine Otters, three in December 1958 and a further batch of six in 1960/1961. All were packed into crates and shipped to Burma where they were re-assembled and entered service. Burma was subsequently re-named Myanmar. Its Air Force aircraft were re-serialled, adopting Burmese numerals, equivalent of the old serial with a '4' prefix and deleting the UB. Thus UB 656 became 4656, depicted on the side of the aircraft in Burmese numerals. The Burmese Otters were withdrawn from service in 1985 and stored.
In 1989 six of the Burmese Otters were purchased by a Canadian aircraft dealer and shipped to Canada, but 4656 was not included and remained in Myanmar. During 1995, with the founding of the Defence Services Museum in Yangdon (where Otter 277 is on display), the Myanmar Air Force rounded up all of its historic aircraft, which were spread far and wide throughout the country, moving them to the Air Base at Mingaladon. Here the authorities made a careful selection of the machines to be restored and exhibited. The remainder were put up for sale. Throughout 1997 and 1998, Golden Aviation of Rolla-Vichy, Missouri carried out negotiations with the Myanmar government, and were ultimately successful in acquiring the complete package. During 1999, seventeen containers were dispatched from Mingaladon to Rolla-Vichy containing three Spitfires, a Seafire, three Percival Provosts, four Bell 47 helicopters, two DHC-1 Chipmunks and the Otter. As one report, entitled “Massive Operation Recovers Burmese Treasures” noted : “Otter 4656, a little bruised after its transportation and the subject of an insurance claim, would seem fit for many more years of commercial bush flying”.
Golden Aviation were primarily interested in the “warbirds”, and the Otter was put up for sale. It was sold in September 2000 and trucked from Missouri to Silver Falls, Manitoba, the base of its purchaser South Peace Services Ltd. It was registered C-GHYB to South Peace Services on 23rd April 2001. Following its re-build and re-engining with a Polish PZL one thousand horse power engine, it was registered to associated company Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd, also based at Silver Falls, Manitoba on 13th May 2002. It entered service alongside the company's other Polish- engined Otter C-GBTU (209), flying tourists, fishermen etc to remote parts of Manitoba during the summer months.
During winter 2009 / 2010 C-GBTU was converted to a Walter turbine (conversion # 11) at Pine Falls and continued in service with Blue Water Aviation.
Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)