Cameraman wrote:Hi Guys n Gals,
the last time I visited Elstree, I was met with this beauty.
She really needs some TLC and I hope that someone has/will look after her.
LA-4S, #410, N286ME, ex C-FHYZ, ex N7637L. THE ONLY TRUE FLYING BOAT, built by Lake Aircraft. Al Alson, then president of Lake Aircraft ordered one without wheels to see if there was a market. Naturally it was aimed at the floatplane market and the price was considerably reduced from the amphibious version of the Lake. I got a call one day back in 1969 from the factory asking me if I would like to ferry her to the sales office in Texas at the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport. Lake Aircraft was based here since they had a water runway 2500' long to accomodate floatplanes from the oil industry. It was an enjoyable flight but I worried the whole way down what it was going to be like landing on only 2500'. Piece of cake. This aircraft has a useful load of around 1300 pounds due to no heavy landing gear and related plumbing. When I went to work for Lake in Houston I designed the tail dolly. One owner said that the beaching gear was a pain to put on since once that air filled tire was pushed underwater, it kept wanting to float up. When she was C-FHYZ she lived in BC and the owner was quite pleased with her. She then bounced around between Washington and Alaska and is now in Missouri. The new owner trucked her down from Anchorage and has repainted and made a few repairs and is looking for a place to base her on the water.
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