USA 2012

AVIATION AROUND LAKE HOOD
Anchorage,AK

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw


This was my 4th visit to Alaska, but in previous visits I was more focussed on the larger skytrucks than the bush plane activity on Lake Spenard / Lake Hood. This time I spent more time, often stolen moments while passing.
The photos have been taken between June 21st - 25th.

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
We start circling the lake from Lakeshore Drive, exiting Spenard Rd.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Puper PA-18 N7561D

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Piper PA-18-150 N707FT (18-7909076). Reg'd Terry A. Dickinson 05Jul2007

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Built by William Nelson in 1983, N2051Z is a Nelson Amphibian, obviously c/n is… 1 !

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Next to the Lake (actually 2 lakes: Lake Spenard and Lake Hood, connected by a canal: the runway) is a
gravel runway for land-based bushplanes on wheels. There always seems to be a plane in the air wherever you look..

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Piper PA-18-150 N9725P (c/n 18-7609004), reg'd Kris Dean 08Dec1998.
I've done flightseeing from several places in Alaska, but not yet from the obvious spot: Lake Hood!

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Plenty of land-based planes here too!

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

DHC-2 N55WE c/n 273, for sale. It carried the previous identities during its career:
51-16499, N17392, 51-16499, C-GFDD, N688SF, C-GFDD, N44LU,N6781L.

I came across it in 2014 at Kenmore's base, see HERE..

Following update (through Facebook, oct.2016): "N6781L. On Friday 30Sep2016 she took off for her last flight. All 4 people on board escaped but she now sits around 300' or so under water in the San Juan Islands, near Lopez Island."
From Neil Aird's comprehensive website DHC-2.com: "NTSB brief report: N6781L DEHAVILLAND DHC-2 BEAVER KENMORE AIR FLIGHT KEN110 AIRCRAFT, CRASHED ONTO PUGET SOUND, 4 PERSONS ON BOARD WERE RESCUED AND SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, THE AIRCRAFT SANK, SAN JUAN ISLAND, LOPEZ, WA."

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N666SP (c/n 1247); ex/ 57-6152, N94488, N87878, XC-FDPM [www.dhc-2.com]

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
deHavilland DHC-2 N30PL (c/n 1554) HK-559X, HK-559, HK-559P, C-GGBD (2) [www.dhc-2.com]

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

DHC-2 N67030 c/n 1372 Delivered 29Jul59 as 58-2040 to US ARMY.
Stored at Davis Monthan 07Feb72 to 11Apr75 .
Reg'd N67030 Community College, Glendale,CA
To (date?) Ken Spray inc., Twin Falls,ID
To (date?) Thomas I. Carlin
Reg'd 14Jan92 Chelatna Lake Lodge Inc., Anchorage,AK [www.dhc-2.com]

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N70JE c/n 70; ex/ CF-OUQ, N1488V, N8733R, CF-OUQ, C-FOUQ, N64396, N915RC.
DHC-2.com shows an interesting 2009 crash photo!

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver N93E (c/n 1149) ex/ 56-0405, N6475, N354. www.dhc-2.com

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N1675B (c/n 1675) was given an extended nose at Sealand Aviation.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N1675B previous identities: FAP-383, CF-QQG, C-FQQG, N1675B. DHC-2.com

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

DHC-2 N101TE c/n 2000SC. Not much known about this airframe !
It was converted by St. Cloud Aviation Inc., in 1988 and their own c/n was applied.
At some point registered N126SC.
N101TE for Amber Aviation Inc.(Anchorage,AK), reg'd 03Aug95 www.dhc-2.com

FAA website shows N101TE reg'd 07Nov2007 to Terrence F. Eberle (Anchorage,AK).

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

DHC-3T (Vazar turbine) N87AW c/n 52 was involved in a landing accident 28may2011; N87AW collided with a fuel tank farm.. The plane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, aileron, and the fuselage. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20110528-0
It seems to be on the mend!

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

For sale, take your pick!
DHC-2 N77KZ c/n 950 was seen for sale here in 2003 too!
This is a former Dutch Airforce (S-1) Beaver! Another one is operating with Willow Air; they were phased out during the 1970s and came back to the US.
www.dhc-2.com

By Sep.2016 I learned DHC-2 N77KZ had been reg'd on 19Mar16 to Michael Wade Renfro of Renfro's Alaskan Adventures in Bethel,AK (he also operates a Noorduyn Norseman - see HERE..). Both operate on floats.

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 C-GFDS (c/n 1269; ex/ 57-2583, N31343) has made its way up to Anchorage, perhaps a better chance
for a sale? I came across this very same C-GFDS in Sioux Lookout, Ontarion in 2007!


 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Between the lake shore and W. International Airport Road is a parking lot with planes parked, not cars..
Piper PA-23 N1131P (c/n 23-141).

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
N4XV looks like a deHavilland Beaver but is in fact a Helio U-10B
(c/n 585 reg'd Helio II LLC, Anchorage,AK R13apr2006)

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Grumman G-44 Widgeon N199T (c/n 1213), reg'd 28Oct2010 Michael U. Harder (Dillingham,AK)

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Lake LA-4-200 N79PL (c/n 640), previously registered to an owner in Palmer but now listed as 'certificate pending' .

 

Short Skyvan N731E, Lake Hood
Short SC.7 Skyvan (Series 3) N731E (c/n SH.1853) of Alaska Air Taxi.
Reg'd 27Apr99 to North Star Air Cargo, at least since 2009 leased to Alaska Air Taxi. Registry current in Feb.2015.
Ian Ellington came across N731E @Anchorage 14Jun17 while taxiing, elbows-aviation-shots.co.uk/ACH(16-13)N731E.JPG

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N203KL c/n 1460; ex/ XR214, 214 SOAF, C-GGKA. [www.dhc-2.com]
Reg'd 09Sep11 to Terrance P. Sonday (Spring,TX), operated by Alaska Air Taxi.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N114GH c/n 380, reg'd 11Jun98 to Phyllis H. Hankal, Anchorage, AK.
Former identities: 51-16834, N9303Z, N505LM, N114GA

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
The NAC DC-6 is part of the ALASKA AVIATON MUSEUM, definitely worth a visit !

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N8964 and N5347G, resp c/n 538 and c/n 762, at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) base at Lake Hood.
In april 2016 news reached me that these DHC-2s of CAP were offered for sale; they were being replaced by
the modern turbine-equipped GippsAero GA8 Airvan (Wikipedia). Radials are on their way out, even at Lake Hood!

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N31522, c/n 535. www.dhc-2.com
Also to be replaced by the GippsAero GA8 Airvan.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Passing over Lake Spenard, on finals, for landing in the Hood Canal..


DHC-2 N31522 (c/n 535) www.dhc-2.com
See also the photo Martin 'JoeJoe' Prince Jr sent me

I seem to remember one could circle the lake(s) on Aircraft Rd, but not anymore, a parking lot and viewing
area force the driver on Postmark Dr and take a left on Aviation Dr (circling contra-clockwise as I did).
The creation of the viewing area is an excellent thing and probably safer, as motorists would stop any way.
The viewing area sits right at the edge of the Hood Canal; bring mosquito repellent with you..


Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Taking off from Lake Spenard, the one float just becoming unstuck...

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Piper PA-18 N9095D (c/n 18-6475, mfr 1958), reg'd 04Jun84 Paul H. Klatt

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N4957W c/n 1385 (ex/ 58-2053, C-GUVJ) www.dhc-2.com

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Not a tiger by its tail but a Beaver!
People at Rust's are generous with their hospitality for seaplane enthusiasts.
N68083 (c/n 1254) is seen arriving with passengers and is being pulled to the dock.
Registered to Rust Properties 02Aug1996 (Martin Prince Jr shot it too)
History of N68083 has been described in detail at www.dhc-2.com

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N2740X c/n 579
Photographed over the years by 'JoeJoe' Prince HERE & HERE...
Reg'd 26Mar1990 Rust's Flying Service.
History of N2740X on www.dhc-2.com


 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Another take off from the Hood Canal. We had brilliant weather during our entire 10-day travel through Alaska except for the last 2 days getting cloudy and sometimes a drizzle falling (which actually is quite common summer weather here).

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 Beaver N6LU (c/n 908), Trail Ridge Air (another shot further below)

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
In small lettering: N310NR, that makes it DHC-2 c/n 396, reg'd James M. Jensen (Trail Ridge Air) 07Jun99.

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Beaver N9877R (c/n 1180), manufactured 1957, of Regal Air.

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Hi-speed taxiïng past through the canal, in a rush to get off the active 'runway' for take off in the other direction.

 

In the background sits the sprawling Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage; one day, when I can afford it, I'll stay there!

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N995SP (c/n 995), reg'd 18Sep2009 Sportsmans Leasing LLC.Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
deHavilland-Kenmore DHC-2 N2740X (c/n 579, R26Mar1990, mfr 1953) in a glorious take off.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
Cessna 208 N675HP is taxiïng past, very fast and spectacular.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-3T N2899J (c/n 425) Rustair Inc (reg'd 26Mar1990), zooming past and soon airborne.Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska

 

 

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 Beaver N6LU (c/n 908) was reg'd James M. Jensen 13Apr99, operating for Trail Ridge Air.

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N74G heading your way..

Lake Hood planes, Anchorage, Alaska
DHC-2 N74G (c/n 1015), reg'd 06Jan12 Jack B. Duclos. Previous identities 55-4612, N36841.
C/n changed by FAA from 1651 to 1015 on 25May05, according to www.dhc-2.com

 

 

 

 

 


Anchorage map
Anchorage map, showing the close proximity of the airport and seaplane operations.

 

 

 

 

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