Taken on strength October 24, 1956, this was one of six Navy Otters sent to Antarctica in 1957. It was the high time aircraft when returned to the USA in 1956 and overhauled. The next 5 years were spent at the Naval Air Test Centre at Patuxent River NAS, Maryland. Various other assignments across the USA until it was retired at Pensacola NAS in September 1975. Joining the Naval Aviation Museum as an outdoor exhibit, the aircraft was damaged when Hurricane Ivan passed through Pensacola in September 2004. Repaired and returned to display it was moved indoors in 2010.
Built for USAAF as UC-78B Bobcat 43-7995. Civilianised postwar as N63426. On retirement, acquired by the NMNA and painted accurately to represent a USN JRC Bobcat, but wearing its contracted civil registration as identity.