De Havilland DHC3 NU-1B “Otter” BuNo 144672 Arrives at HAM!!!

De Havilland DHC3 NU-1B “Otter”, BuNo 144672 arrived at Hickory Aviation Museum on 1/11/24. The aircraft was transported from the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola FL and will be on loan to the museum. The aircraft is in great condition but will remain unavailable to the public as it will not be reassembled until it is time to move it into the new hangar that is being built for the museum. That should be sometime later this year or next year. This is a great piece of history. It was flown by the US Navy from 1956 to 1965 in Antarctica supporting Operation Deep Freeze and then for another 10 years in a test role. It was retired in 1975 to Pensacola and restoration last was completed in 2007. It will be suspended from the ceiling in the museum along with several other airplanes and helicopters. Thanks to NNAM and to Randall Monroe for all their help and assistance relocating this piece of history.

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