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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

N307MA • CF-AKZ • 9V-BCE • XW-PGV • N85TC • FAP-308


• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N307MA de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date unknown. First flight 21-Sep-1969.

• (N307MA) MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL. Regd Oct-1969. NTU.

• CF-AKZ Re-regd to de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. -Nov-1969.

• CF-AKX-X Re-regd to de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. 25-Nov-1969. Used for climb testing of PT6A-27 engines.

• 9V-BCE Sold to Saber Air, Singapore-Seletar [Air Charter Enterprises, Singapore] 02-Mar-1970  Delivered & registered 23-Apr-1970.

• XW-PGV Royal Air Lao. Dates unknown.

• XW-PGV Transferred to Continental Air Services Inc., Laos. Regd 17-Sep-1970.

Note: Continental Air Services, Inc., (CASI) was formed in April 1965 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Air Lines Inc., to operate aircraft and ground facilities in support of oil exploration, construction and engineering projects, USAID and other US Government Agencies, e.g. the CIA. In August 1965 the company took over much of the aviation division of Bird and Sons in Laos and Vietnam, with headquarters in Vientiane.

Aircraft were interchanged between the fleets of Air America and CASI, perhaps without any change of ownership, thus adding a further complication to the compiling of fleet lists. Many aircraft owned by Bird & Sons were registered in Laos (on the XW- register) and some of the survivors were later transferred to the US register under CASI ownership many years after the take-over.

Note: On 02-Aug-1972, for example, Twin Otter XW-PGV operated in zone ALPHA, Zone ALPHA comprised locations like Sam Thong (LS-20) or Pa Doung (LS-5), so was south of the Plain of Jars.

With the fall of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, operations were terminated and the surviving aircraft were sold

• N85TC Omni Aircraft Sales, Sep-1974.

• N85TC Williams Sedco Horn Constructors. Regd 18-Oct-1974.

Flew via London-Gatwick, UK 18-Oct-1974 & noted Prestwick on 30-Oct-1974 and at Downsview, ON 08-Nov-1974.

• N85TC Transferred to  to Construcciones Protexas de CA, Peru. Regd Jun-1977.

Noted at Opa-locka, FL Mar-1977 with floats installed.

Flew Routing for delivery 08/12-Jun-1977; flew Opa-locka, FL-Miami-Biscayne Bay, FL–Kingston Bay, Jamaica–Cartagena, Colombia-Palanquero Airbase-Colombia-Iquitos, Peru 08/12.

Based Amazon River, Iquitos Peru supporting Trans Andean pipeline construction.

• N85TC Texas Ventures Inc., San Antonio, TX. Regd 17-Apr-1978. Canx 15-Dec-1978.

• FAP-308 Peru Air Force / Fuerza Aérea del Perú – Ala Aérea No:5, Grupo Aéea No:42, Iquitos, Peru.

On charge Sep-1980. Reported as exported to Mexico.

• OB-R-1157 Transferred to TANS, Transportes Aéreos Nacionales de Selva, Lima, Peru. Regd date unknown.

Note: Withdrawn from use & stored at Iquitos, Peru – gutted fuselage only noted there Aug-2011 in overall primer.

Ended up as a parts airframe

N307MA at Downsview - CYZD.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © 04 October 1969 - Michael J. Ody Collection
9V-BCE with 9V-BCF on an air-to-air photo shoot.
Photo: DHC © 1970 - Michael J. Ody Collection
9V-BCE in service with saber air, here at Singapore / Changi -WSSS.
Photo: Peter Keating © 16 June 1970 - Michael J. Ody Collection
XW-PGV at Vientiane - VLVT, Laos.
Photo: Unknown photographer © July 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N85TC enjoying the early morning sunlight at Prestwick - EGPK, Scotland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 30 October 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
FAP308 at Iquitos.
Photo: Max Tork © August 2011 - Erik Johannesson Collection