photo credit Tom Anusewicz
S/N 1187

Manufactured 1942

Cuban Navy  1942-1954

General Fulgencio Batista's personal aircraft

Sold by Cuba to USA  Aug.1954   reg. N2720A

M.J. Boylen Engineering Co. - Toronto, Ontario 1965-1968   reg. CF-IFN

Abitibi Aviation Ltd. - Toronto, Ontario 1969-1970

Antilles Air Boats - U.S.V.I.  reg. N8229 1970-1981

  Caribbean Flying Boats  - CFB   (Charles F. Blair)  ownership leased to AAB

Bob Bean - Hereford, AZ  1984-1987

John E. Mermis - Albany, OR  1987-1990

Robert J. Holmsted - North Bend, OR  1990-1992

Jeff T. Mermis - Eugene, OR  1993/1995  sales rep /sold to Canada, struck off USCR 1996

Pacific Coastal Airlines - Port Hardy, BC   1996-2008  accident  11/16/08 destroyed.

photo credit Tom Anusewicz
photo credit Greg Billman
photo credit Marijane Sipple
photo credit Tom Anusewicz
photo credit Glenn Arveson
photo credit Tom Anusewicz

Above; N8229 sitting in the hangar at Alexander Hamilton Airport, St. Croix after fresh paint and prepped for departure 1981. Below; N8229 on the ramp in St. Thomas in 1971. You can see the Sikorsky "Excambian" in the background. on its cradle after its last flight 1969 

1960 Ford Starliner not liking the salt water environment and lots of beetles as well.

Thank you to Anthony Gagliani for sending on this photo.
photo credit Frank Strand / Dawson Collection

I have the photos but not the story. The date on the photo is  November 1977.  The damage to the horizontal stabilizer and elevator was substantial but with parts in stock and additional inspections the aircraft could be back on line within a few days. I will post the how's and why's  soon.

photo credit Charlie Freehling

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