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    This page documents a history of a specific aircraft. The details provided vary from aircraft to aircraft and are dependent on the research and amount of data uploaded to the Aerial Visuals database.

    Airframe Family: Lockheed L-14/15/18 / B-34 / C-56 C-60 / PV / R5O
    Latest Model:PV-2 Harpoon
    Last Military Serial:37159 USN
    Construction Number:15-1125
    Last Civil Registration:N6853C
    Latest Owner or Location:Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial, Abbeville, Louisiana

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    Constructed as a PV-2.

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 37159.


    Declared surplus at NAS North Island, CA.

    29 July 1957

    To Orlan E. Smith, El Centro, CA with c/r N6853C.

    From 29 July 1957 to By 1962

    To Ben Whitney Trading Co, Calexico, CA.

    From 20 August 1962 to By 1966

    To Thomas E. Herrod, Billings, MT.

    4 March 1963

    Modified for agricultural spraying.

    26 April 1963

    Certificate of airworthiness for NR6853C (PV-2, 151125) issued.

    From December 1967 to By 1979

    To D and D Aerial Spraying, Rantoul, KS.

    October 1979

    To Bruce R. Kinney, Richey, MT.

    Used for grasshopper control in North Dakota and Oregon.

    4 February 1981

    To Central Air Service/D and D Aerial Spraying, Rantoul, KS.

    From 6 May 1981 to By 1985

    To Bruce R. Kinney, Richey, MT.

    12 May 1985

    To Dennis Hill, Richey, MT.

    From 3 December 1985 to By 1987

    To Central Air Service/Bill Dempsay, Rantoul, KS.

    From 1985 to By 1986

    Converted to a fire bomber.

    Operated as fire service #176.

    By 1986

    Leased to Teskes Aviation, Twin Falls, ID.

    3 June 1987

    To Kinney Air Tankers/Bruce R. Kinney, Richey, MT.

    Operated as fire service #176.

    From 4 June 1987 to By 1989

    To Quarry Products, Richmond, CA.

    From March 1989 to By 1992

    To American Air Museum Society, Richmond, CA.

    From July 1992 to By 1995

    To Round Engine Operations/Richard T. Mitchell, Broussard, LA.

    From By 1993 to By 1998

    To Combat Aircraft Museum/Richard T. Mitchell, Lafayette, LA.

    10 November 1998

    To Saint Landry Bank and Trust Company, Opelousas, LA.

    By 1998

    On behalf of the owner stored with/at Lafayette Regional, Lafayette, LA.
    Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Lafayette, LA.
    View the Location Dossier

    On behalf of the owner stored with/at Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial, Abbeville, LA.
    View the Location Dossier

    Photographer: Paul Trahan

    Photographer: Paul Trahan

    Photographer: Paul Trahan

    20 August 2013

    Civil registration, N6853C, cancelled.

    Data for airframe dossiers come from various sources. The following were used to compile this dossier...

    Print Sources
    U.S. Military Out of Service 2007 by Andy Marden
    Warbirds Directory, 5th Edition by Geoff Goodall

    Internet Sources
    Euro Demobbed by Horrex, Ray, Boulanger, Dunn, McGhee and Wood
    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America

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