Author Topic: c/n 559, N-reg ntu  (Read 2211 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 559, N-reg ntu
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:16:41 AM »
4 pictures check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

Anyone know what the status and location and who owns this Turboproop Helio is?

Previous posts about  PP-ZVJ or anything click on      http://flyhelio.com/smf/index.php?action=search     Enter ?

c/n 559, built 04/62 as L-28A, s/n 62-5919 for USAF, accepted 05/62, t/n “62-5919”, USAF Tactical Air Command, 1st Air Commando Group Eglin Air Force Base FL L-28A re designated U-10A, equipment change to U-10B 02/63, Eglin until 05/67, USAF Southern Command, 24th Special Operations Wing, 605th Air Commando Squadron, Howard AFB, Panama Canal Zone until '?, USAF West Virginia Air National Guard, 130th Special Operations Group, Charleston ANG Base, West Virginia until '?, USAF Special Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing, 317th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Field #9 (Hurlburt Field), FL (Code AO) until 10/71, USAF Air Materiel Command, Military Aircraft Storage & Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ  until 11/74, USAF declared excess, struck off charge & released from storage at Davis-Monthan AFB 03/75, as N88726 US Customs Air Support Branch NAS North Island, San Diego CA sold '75, Malheur County Dept of Emergency Serv, OR sold '82, Jim Perry OR reconfigured as H-395 placed in experimental category for testing propellers then installed Allison 420 hp continuous 250-B17C Turbine Engine, with McCauley X3AFR34C800 propeller becoming model H-420T sold '88, Flying Barnyard inc CT, 09/88 placed in experimental exhibition category sold '93, dereg export as PP-ZVJ Jose Da Silva, Sao Paulo Brazil, sold in 02/05 reg cancelled (FAA advised by letter), reportedly export to US (N-reg ntu) but not confirmed?


below as N88726





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Doug

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 559, N-reg ntu
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 04:45:37 AM »
1st pic added above in Military U-10B configuration

Anyone know where this Helio is actually located.
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Doug

Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 559, N-reg ntu
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 09:34:29 AM »
Here is a photo sent to me by Stephen Ruby. C/n 559 was returned to the US in '05. I looked up the s/n in the FAA files and it shows up under International Aircraft Sales Leasing Port Charlotte FL the entity that exported it to Brazil. The registry N88726 shows it as still deregistered. Apparently it was not registered when the a/c returned to the US.

Stephen says he believes the a/c is owned by Jim Perry once again and is located in WA state somewhere.

Anyone know for sure.

edit to history paragraph;
, spotted in Geneva Switzerland 10/88, sold '93, export by International Aircraft Sales Leasing Port Charlotte FL as PP-ZVJ Jose Da Silva, SBJR (Jacarépaguá, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), (FAA advised) sold '05, dereg export USA possibly Jim Perry WA N-reg ntu yet

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Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 559, N-reg ntu
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 08:13:16 PM »
Just discovered something interesting about the picture above that I just posted. I also found it at Flkr pictures and
the photo caption says taken by Jean-Luc ALTHERR at GVA (Geneva Switzerland), October 24. 1988
Jean-Luc  says most probably the only sample ever to have landed at Geneva, but at least the sole example I have ever seen in my spotting life

Interesting that while still owned by Flying Barnyard inc CT, it shows up in Switzerland and it doesn't have the 12" N registry marking or any registry mark at all. The caption appears to indicate it landed but has no registry marks unless they were removed just before the picture. I think a picture at Oshkosh before it was sold to Flying Barnyard inc had small 2" N88726 and no paint. found the picture but I cant see a registry mark. must have gotten the registry from the photo caption.

Does anyone have the story behind this.


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