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    Airframe Family: Lockheed L-14/15/18 / B-34 / C-56 C-60 / PV / R5O
    Latest Model:PV-2 Harpoon
    Last Military Serial:37250 USN
    Construction Number:15-1216
    Last Civil Registration:N6857C
    Latest Owner or Location:Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial, Abbeville, Louisiana

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    Dates

    Event

    Constructed as a PV-2.

    1944

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 37250.

    From 2 January 1954 to By 1957

    Assigned to AS Litchfield Park, AZ for storage.
    Withdrawn from used and placed in storage at Litchfield.

    28 March 1957

    To Ralph Wingfield, Nogales, AZ with c/r N6857C.
    Sold as surplus.

    21 April 1958

    To Ben Whitney Trading Co, Calexico, CA.

    29 March 1959

    To Max L. Biegert, Phoenix, AZ.

    From September 1959 to By 1964

    To Riverside Aircraft Co, Riverside, CA.

    From 23 April 1965 to By 1966

    To Rosenbalm Aviation, Medford, OR.

    August 1965

    Converted for use as a bait spreader.

    From 8 January 1966 to By 1976

    To Dothan Aviation Corp, Dothan, AL.

    April 1966

    Converted for use as a swathemaster spreader.

    1 March 1979

    To Hugh W. Wheelless, Dothan, AL.

    From 26 June 1979 to By 1980

    To Michigan Aerial Applicators, Ann Arbor, MI.

    By 1979

    Used for liquid spraying grasshopper control in Oregon.

    From 4 March 1980 to By 1983

    To Aircraft Specialties Inc, Mesa, AZ.

    From By 1980 to By 1990

    Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Mesa, AZ.

    From 20 January 1983 to By 1988

    To Globe Air Inc, Mesa, AZ.

    24 October 1985

    Sold at the Globe Air closing down auction at Mesa, AZ.

    From October 1985 to By 1988

    To American Aeronautical Foundation, Canoga Park, CA.

    From 13 January 1988 to By 1990

    To Quarry Products Inc, Richmond, CA.

    From 2 November 1990 to By 1998

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

    5 November 1990

    Ferry flight.
    Moved from Mesa to Broussard, LA, for restoration.

    Restored.
    Markings Applied: Fat Cat Too

    4 October 1991

    Certificate of airworthiness for NL6857C (PV-2, 15-1216) issued.

    October 1991

    First post-restoration Flight.

    30 September 1994

    Crashed.
    The accident occurred at the Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) Lafayette, LA, United States while landing. The damage was substantial. The right seat pilot was instructing the pilot in the left seat for a type rating in the airplane. After the second landing, the pilot in command in the right seat was configuring the airplane for takeoff and inadvertently pulled the gear handle up instead of the flaps. The pilot also reported that the two handles are identical in size, shape and color...
    For a complete description of the event read the NTSB Report.

    Repaired.

    11 October 1998

    To Saint Landry Bank Trust Company, Opelousas, LA.

    On behalf of the owner stored with/at Lafayette Regional, Lafayette, LA.
    View the Location Dossier

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


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    Credits
    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
    AMCAR
    Euro Demobbed by Horrex, Ray, Boulanger, Dunn, McGhee and Wood
    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America
    National Transportation Safety Board
    United States Military Services Serial Number Lists by Joe Baugher

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