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Lake Amphibian & Colonial Skimmer Aircraft Photos & Information


Last modified Dec. 26, 2012


See my information page for details on the various models. All are covered in FAA TCDS 1A13.
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John Staber, a well-informed lover of Skimmer and Lake Amphibian aircraft, sent me these helpful notes on the aircraft, in January 2011.

Colonial C-1 Skimmers are sn 1-25 except 15 and 22. Three place, with a 150-hp Lycoming O-320

1948 Colonial C-1 Skimmer N6595K, sn 1. Photos sent to me by the present owner, John Staber. Here are his Jan. 2011 comments.
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Left - "1948 photo is very early, within the first 25 hours, before many changes were made, ncluding upping the horsepower." Center - "1964 was taken by me on a trip to the midwest to see other Skimmers.  This was at Strongsville OH and its second owner after Colonial Aircraft.  Approx 290 hours. At this point the engine is the 150 Lycoming as used on production aircraft." Right - "2010 was taken by Barbara Fioravanti after my restoration and first flight on May 22, 2010.  It now has a Lycoming 160 HP engine thanks to paperwork done by her original designer, David B. Thurston."

Colonial C-1 Skimmer N252B sn 12, and N254B sn 14. John Staber says: Taken by myself at Great Barrington Mass, shortly after I had bought #12 in January of 1964.  14 had been rebuilt by my instructor after its former owner tried to land on glassy water at dusk.  It had not been repainted yet. 

(right) "First flight was taken in 2007 just after she had been rebuilt again.  She had been abandoned for 12 years in Oklahoma, the purchased by Frank Kimmell who had seen her there while attending college." (Notes: N252B was exported to Canada and deregistered in 1978. See FAA here, scroll down. It became C-GSON there and was deregistered in 2001. N254B is current on the FAA register)

Colonial C-2 Skimmers are sn 115 and 126-243. Four place, with a 180-hp Lycoming O-360.

1957 Colonial C-2 Skimmer N577K. sn 135. John Staber says, "This one was taken by me in Nov 2005 during the owner's checkout.  Pulled up on an island in the Hudson River.  Taking a break and draining the floats of any water that might have leaked in.  The C-2 has a 180HP Lycoming slightly more canted down than the C-1, and different trim arrangement consisting of hydraulically controlled tabs on the outboard ends of the horizontal stabilizer. 
It also has nose gear doors to compensate for the extra gross weight increase which brings it up to 2350#.   I put them on #1 also do to the extra horsepower and the fact that its empty weight is fairly high."

Lake LA-4 Amphibian are sn 246-421, 423-429, 445 and 446. Four place with a 180-hp Lycoming O-360.


1968 Lake LA-4 Amphibian N7604L sn 377 at PAMR Merrill Field 4/11, and I saw it again in '12.
Look at that sky and those mountains! Can you see why I so enjoy Alaska - - in addition to fantastic and friendly people, lots of interesting airplanes and good food!
1969 Lake LA-4 Amphibian N7626L, sn 399, at PAFA, Fairbanks, AK 5/10
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1969 Lake LA-4 Seaplane N286ME, sn 410, at PALH Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK 4/08. I saw in on Ebay a short time later. In Jan. 2011 John Staber said "Serial number 410 was built without any landing gear as a straight seaplane, N7637L and now is N286ME. It was in British Columbia for quite a while and then bounced around through several owners and is now in Missouri." It obviously has some kind of beaching gear on it here. As of 12/22/12 it is N410FB.
Lake LA-4 amphibian photos

Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneers are sn 422, 430-444, 447 and up. Four place with a 200-hp Lycoming IO-360,

1970 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N6672L, sn 435 at AQY Girdwood AK 4/11. It was probably back in the water soon thereafter!
1975 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N1071L sn 662, under tow at 96WI, Vette Bluse Seaplane Base, Oshkosh 2010

Lake Amphibian LA-4 photos
  lake_amphibian_picture lake_amphibian_merrill_field 1975 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N810LD sn 674 at PAMR Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK 5/12
  Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer Information lake_la-4_greenville_maine
1976 Consolidated Aeronautics Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N1236L sn 735 in the water; on the ramp; and in morning light at Greenville, ME 9/03
  Lake LA-4-200 Pictures Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer photos Lake LA-4-200 Information Consolidated Aeronautics LA-4-200
  1976 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N6028V sn 781 at the International Seaplane Fly In at 52B, Greenville Seaplane Base, Greenville, ME 9/03. He's checking things out before heading for the ramp and dry ground. Morning sun is drying her off after a quiet night - and then its back into the water.
  la-4-200_amphibial_photo 1977 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N6192V sn 845, heading out at Greenville ME 9/06
Okay, I'll admit that I'm biased toward red and I just couldn't resist posting four shots of this pretty 1978 Consolidated Aeronautics, Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N2682P sn 890 at PAMR Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK, 5/12
  Lake LA-4-200 information Lake LA-4-200 amphibian information Lake LA-4-200 pictures Lake LA-4-200 amphibian information
LA-4-200 N613LC sn 878 LA-4-200 N8012D sn 1066 LA-4-200 N80122 sn 1069 LA-4-200 N80126 sn1071
These four Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneers at ISM, Kissimmee Municipal Airport, FL, 3/85. AirPix slides by Marion Pyles, from the Ken Stoltzfus collection.
  Lake Amphibian aircraft photos
1983 Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer N64GW, sn 1087, a 200 EP at the International Seaplane Fly In at 52B, Greenville Seaplane Base, Greenville, ME 9/06. Note the different cowling.
John Staber says, "EP stands for Extended Prop, or extra performance,  same diameter, same prop, spacer added and special balanced A16B engine.  Only the EP has that cowling.  Several straight 200 Buccaneers have been converted when engine change came around.  Factory EPs are s/n 1074 to 1116."
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1984 Lake LA-4-200, 200EP N8536X, sn 1096, at Greenville Seaplane Base, Greenville, ME 9/03. This one is a factory-built 200-EP.

Lake LA-250 Renegade. Four place are sn 1-4, six-place are sn 5 and up. Have a 250-hp Lycoming IO-540.

  Lake Model 250 amphibian
<--- 1983 Lake LA-250 Renegade, Turbo 270 N8407W, sn 58 at 52B, Greenville, ME 9/03. FAA shows Mfg. as Aerofab
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<--- A nice looking 1988 Lake LA-250 Renegade, Canadian C-GFQK sn 74, at 52B, Greenville, ME 9/03
1991 Aerofab Lake 250 Renegade, 270T N8549A, sn 111, at the International Seaplane Fly In at 52B, Greenville Seaplane Base, Greenville, ME 9/06. This, and cn 58/N8407W are both modified with the turbocharged, 270-hp Lycoming TIO-540. He gave us a nice show, and the last photo says "Okay, we tore things up enough, let's get this thing up on land and go get us a bite." Pretty bird!
  Lake amphibian information
1991 Lake 250 Renegade N64SF sn 112 at 52B, Greenville, ME 9/03, later Canadian C-GTEB,
1993 Aerofab Lake 250 Seafury N85494 sn 116 at the International Seaplane Fly In at 52B, Greenville Seaplane Base, Greenville, Maine. The first two shots were taken in 9/03, and the last four in 9/06 after a beautiful new paint job.


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