Twin Otter Update / by Erik Johannesson

414 - DHC-6-300 DQ-PSD Fiji Link, Nadi

Is currently en route from Fiji on return to the aircraft lessor. Flew Nadi - Majuro - Honolulu-Inouye, HI 23/24-Mar-2018 with a final planned destination of Thomaston, GA.

 Vic Riley Photo © Matei 25-Sep-2015

Vic Riley Photo © Matei 25-Sep-2015

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The United Energy Pakistan Series 400 is seen below taxiing at Victoria on the 21-Mar-2018. The eventual ident AP-UEP can be seen on the tail.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018


Noted outside for a switch of hangars on 21-Mar-2018 is C-FVGY below, which arrived back in Jan-2018.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018


Twin Otter MSN 5 XA-TUQ is seen in the state of Durango. The aircraft was leased from Intermountain Aviation in 1969, and it crashed after returning to the U.S.A. as N7705.

 Photo via Douglas W. Smith 

Photo via Douglas W. Smith 

MSN 18 XA-HIL was badly damaged in an overrun at Toyoltita in 1968, as can be seen below. It was subsequently rebuilt before eventually succumbing in another accident in 1978.

 Photo via Douglas W. Smith Sep-1968

Photo via Douglas W. Smith Sep-1968


Information / Opinions Requested:

MSN 65 N8083N is seen below in Feb-1971; during the period of 1968 to 1974 it was owned by National Equipment Rental, having come off lease to Hawaii Jet Aire in Jan-1970. Current available records indicate it was with Air Indies from Feb-1970 to Jan-1974.

A reader has provided the photo, and has posed a question, which of course I would like to dig into as well. The tail appears to have a French flag? Or is it a logo which also includes the square just above, which looks like it was probably black. All three seem to be perhaps either very faded, or are in the process of being removed/over painted. Air Indies colours were generally red/black/white or red/purple - so who is the yellow (orange) scheme from?

The question is - who had it been operating for?

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By Mar-1974 it had received a red & white Air Indies scheme as seen in the photo below. 

 George Fascher Photo © Opa-locka, FL Mar-1974

George Fascher Photo © Opa-locka, FL Mar-1974

It had joined Walker's Aviation by 1975, and was eventually reduced to parts at Valle, AZ by Twin Otter International.