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    L-18C and L-21 Military history

    Has anyone been able to track down the military history of your L-18C or L-21? We own one of the few L-18C aircraft to remain in the US and I am trying to track down the military history. I have the build data from Piper and it has our L-18C coming off the line in Dec 1952 in olive drab paint. It disappears into the Army and doesn’t reappear until it was loaned from the Army to the Ft. Bliss flying club in 1958. It is then transferred to the White Sands Missile Range flying club in 1963 still listed with the US Army as the owners. It was sold on a US gov surplus auction in 1972 for a total of $2018.80. 😳. I emailed the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Ft. Rucker for info but received no reply. I might have to take a road trip down there.
    Anyone have any luck tracking down any info on the “lost years” of your military cub? I’ll add some photos of the restoration soon.

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    This book has a lot of information on L18's and L21's that were in the Italian Air Force. Mine was in the service of the Italian Air Force in the 50's

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    I have the Italian logs for my L21B. They logged every flight.
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    I don’t have the logs of my L18C when it served in the French ALAT but a researcher knew what bases it served in - mainly artillery spotting school and ski ops.


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    I have had the same problem in many attempts to get the Alat history on my L18-C. Nobody within the French government, or their FAA, will respond with any information. A Cub club does exist and they too have not responded to my emails, except for one time. They asked me to convert my email from the French language into English, which I did, and then did not get another response.

    I was able to get information from 1979 through 2007 from a person in Belgium, where my plane was in storage until I bought it. From 1969 to 1979 a flying school used it for training in Amsterdam after purchasing it from the Alat in 1969.

    I was told that the French Cub club has access to the data on L18-C's that were flown by the Alat. Good luck getting a response from them.

    Please let me know if you have found other means of contact with anyone that might be able to help with this.

    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnson View Post
    I have the Italian logs for my L21B. They logged every flight.
    Where did you get the log ? Who did you contact?


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    The e mail that I once used was aamalat (at) wanadoo.fr but in searching for the info on my type I can’t find the reply in my inbox - somewhere I printed the reply so hopefully I can resurrect the record of the bases and time periods it served with ALAT - no logs however for the period.


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    Originally Posted by sjohnson
    I have the Italian logs for my L21B. They logged every flight.
    Where did you get the log ? Who did you contact?

    Came with the plane. I assumed that all the Italian L21s re-imported in the 1980s did. Perhaps not.
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