Author Topic: c/n 1261, N5479G  (Read 2902 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 1261, N5479G
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:17:01 AM »
11 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.

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c/n 1261, built 06/67 as U-10D s/n 66-14359 for USAF accepted 06/67, t/n “14359” USAF West Virginia Air National Guard, 130th Special Operations Squadron 11/74, storage MASDC Davis-Monthan AFB AZ declared excess 01/77 released from storage 09/78 as N5479G, SC CAP 1 of 15 converted to trigear 10/78 SC CAP retains military 120 gal LR fuel sys with 4 overhead individually selectable fuel tanks aircraft received citation for locating downed aircraft and rescuing passengers sold '87, Larry Teufel OR installed PA-32 nose gear assembly then converted back to conventional gear, then back to tri-gear sold '02, Dean Jennings OK (2nd Helio of 2) placed on floats sold '10, Four Effs llc (Chuck Schvaneveldt) OR resold '12, Teufel Bro's Enterprises llc (Larry Teufel) Hillsboro, OR installed 1400 series individual seats, incident engine failure approx 8 minutes after take off, a vibration was felt in the floor with a noticeable knocking sound, about 10 seconds later a Big Bang. Oil immediately covered the windshield and smoke filled the cabin almost instantly. Power was reduced to idle and electrical power was shut off, pilots window was opened. A 180 was initiated and the pilot was able to glide to an alternate strip to the one just departed. Engine was making about 10% power. Landing was normal and no fire. Very fortunate location, five minutes later and this airplane would have been in the trees. Upon inspection a large split in the top of the crankcase was visible and there was no oil on the dipstick. On teardown the no. 4 rod bearing had failed for unknown reasons. @ Crowley Ranch private air strip 7/3/18, engine replaced and now airworthy

c/n 1261 behind c/n 1256 5 months before going into storage

                                            Kat Sutphin (misspelling unable to correct error in a previous post)

« Last Edit: July 09, 2021, 11:52:55 PM by Doug Johnson »

Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 1261, N5479G
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 03:48:48 PM »
I found a current photo of c/n 1261 with Kat Sutphin at LadiesLoveTaildraggers

Looks like bigger mains with the 206 nose wheel not as tough as a C-206 nose gear but lands a lot slower.

I still think it needs a brace like the 172 nose gear has then it would be stronger and a better trigear bushplane than the C-206.

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 1261, N5479G
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 04:42:29 PM »
I found a picture of c/n 1261 with West Virginia Civil Air Patrol unfortunately its B/W opened it above 4th in queue.
another picture shortly before going to storage. I'll open it above as #1
« Last Edit: July 16, 2021, 10:09:23 AM by Doug Johnson »

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 1261, as '14359'
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2021, 11:00:27 AM »
I found a better photo of c/n 1261, when it was fairly new and nice and shiney

It is in the background.

I will open it in the photo queue above as first photo.
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