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c/n 284

57-6136 on parade.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
N84SF of SOUND FLIGHT, at Renton, Washington.
Photo: Fred Barnes © 05 June 1999 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © September 1999
C-GHAS in regular Harbour Air house livery.
Photo: John W. Olafson © 24 May 2004
C-GHAS / 310 of HARBOUR AIR, at Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo: John W. Olafson © 26 August 2012

c/n 284

57-6136 • N84SF • C-FADW • N84SF

C-GHAS

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• 57-6136 United States Army. Delivered 05-Sep-1958. Designated U-1A.

Initially allocated to 2nd Missile Command, (Medium) Fort Hood, TX.

Unit moved to Fort Carson, CO. Date unknown.

Sep-1959. 57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, OK.

January 1962.  Attached to the Headquarters Company, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC., with the unit deploying to Fort Huachaca, AZ., on occasions.

Oct-1963. Attached to the Aviation Section at Fort Ord, CA.

Nov-1963 17th Aviation Company at Fort Ord, CA.

Jun-1964 The Otter Transition School at Fort Ord, CA.

Aug-1971 transferred to US Army Aviation School, Cairns AAF, Fort Rucker, Alabama. The School came under the United States Army Aviation School Command (USAASC) and was based at this location.

29-Mar-1972 US Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker.

N84SF Sound Flight Inc of Renton Airport, Seattle, WA. Regd Jun-1994. I early years deployed to De Land, Florida during the winter. Later remained stored at Renton during winter.

Airworthiness date. 30-Jun-1994.

Power plant. Converted to P & W Vazar turbine.

• N84SF Leased to Airlease Inc., Renton, WA.  05-Mar-2002

• C-FADW Transwest Air Limited Partnership, by its General Partners, 101008427 Saskatchewan Ltd., and 101004597 Saskatchewan Ltd., Prince Albert, SK. Regd 30-May-2002. Canx 16-Oct-2002. Deleted on export to USA 19-Feb-2003.

• N84SF Returned to Sound Flight, Renton, WA Feb-2003.

• N84SF Airlease Inc., Renton, WA.  Regd 19-Feb-2003.

• C-GHAS Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, Vancouver, BC. Regd 24-Mar-2003.

Current

Otter 284 was delivered to the United States Army on 5th September 1958 with serial 57-6136 (tail number 76136). It was delivered from Downsview to Fort Hood, Texas, one of four Otters delivered around this time to the 2nd Missile Command, which subsequently moved to Fort Carson, Colorado. The Otter served there until September 1959, then being re-assigned to the 57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. By January 1962 it was attached to the Headquarters Company, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bragg, but spent some of its time at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In October 1963 it joined the Aviation Section at Fort Ord, California and the following month it joined the 17th Aviation Company at Fort Ord and then in June 1964 the Otter Transition School at Fort Ord. It continued to serve there until the School was closed and in August 1971 transferred to the US Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The School came under the United States Army Aviation School Command (USAASC) and was based at Cairns AAF., Fort Rucker and as well as the Otter also flew the Beaver, Beech U-21A and T-42 Baron. The Otter continued in service with the School until 29th March 1972, on which date it was handed over to the US Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker.

76136 was put on display at the Museum and remained as an exhibit until 1993, when it was decided to sell the aircraft, and replace it as the museum exhibit with Otter 76135 (283), which was then in storage at Fort Rucker. 76136 was advertised for sale, and sold to Sound Flight Inc of Renton Airport, Seattle, Washington to whom it was registered N84SF in June 1994. It was converted to a Vazar turbine Otter and modified with large panoramic windows, the first such conversion. For the next eight years, it flew from Renton as a floatplane, on scheduled and charter work along the Pacific coast. Sound Flight Inc operated scheduled services to Victoria on Vancouver Island, to the San Juan Islands and to points along the Inside Passage, during the summer months, using either the Otter or one of its Beavers, depending on the load, and also flew charters serving those areas. During the summer months, the Otter was heavily tasked, flying fishermen to lodges. During the first few years of its operation by Sound Flight, the Otter deployed to De Land, Florida during the winter, where it was used for skydiving, which helped pay for its keep. In more recent years, it was stored at Renton each winter.

In 2001, the owners of Sound Flight Inc., decided to close down the business and instead lease out their aircraft. The Otter was transferred to Airlease Inc., Renton on 5th March 2002 and then leased to Transwest Air for the summer of 2002, being registered C-FADW to Transwest Air Ltd., Partnership, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on 30th May 2002. It remained in Sound Flight colours during this lease, and was based at Hatchet Lake in the north-east of Saskatchewan, serving a fishing lodge. It passed through Vancouver on 14th October 2002 returning to the lessor. It was then re-registered to Airlease Inc as N84SF on 19th February 2003, being sold on the following month to Harbour Air Ltd., of Vancouver, registered C-GHAS on 24th March 2003. It was re-painted into the Harbour Air colour scheme and entered service as part of their large fleet of turbine Otters on their commuter services.

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