This Albatross served with the USAF as 52-0135 and the USCG as 2135 before being retired to MASDC in December 1969. After being declared as excess it was sold to a Forida company (presumably for spares) in 1989 and allocated the civil registration N7025Y. It now languishes in the Western International on the edge of AMARG.
On lease from the USAF to operate services through the US Trust Territory in the western Pacific. Civil registration finally cancelled in 1996 over 25 years after it was returned to the USAF. Al Bovelt photo.
'Chuck's Challenge' was one of the last operational USAF Albatrosses. She set a world altitude record for twin-engined amphibians after reaching 32,883 feet on July 4, 1973 and then promptly retired and flown to the National Museum of the USAF for preservation.