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c/n 84

55-3246
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55-3246

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• 55-3246 United States Army. Delivered 21-Jan-1956.

937th Engineer Company (Aviation) for use on the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS), Howard AFB., Panama.

• 55-3246 Deleted from the Army inventory, Mar-1967.

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Otter 84 was delivered to the United States Army on 21 January 1956 with serial 55-3246 (tail number 53246).  It was one of a batch of six Otters delivered that day to the 937th Engineer Company (Aviation) for use on the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS). In “Operation Tradewind”, all six Otters were delivered together. After leaving Downsview on 21 January, the six Otters flew south to Fort Belvoir, Virginia and then via Savannah, Georgia to Miami. They continued on to make a goodwill tour of the Caribbean and Central America, routing to Havana, Cuba  - Cozumel, Mexico – Belize, British Honduras – Guatemala City – Managua, Nicaragua and San Jose, Costa Rica before arriving at Howard AFB., Panama, the 937th Engineer Company base.

53246 was then assigned to the IAGS Mexico project.  In May 1957 53244 (82) and 53246 are recorded flying from Howard to Guatemala City loaded with truck tires destined for the Mexico project. On the way back to the Canal Zone they decided to go into San Jose, Costa Rica and land on the grass airfield there. As one of the pilots later wrote: “We were flying along the Pacific Coast, flying through passes in the mountains. 53246 landed on the beach and flew into San Jose the next morning to join 53244 for the flight back to the Canal Zone”.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005), now with added and updated information which Karl has supplied for the benefit of the website.

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