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N1968S

N1968S
Western North Carolina Air Museum
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
25 January 2020
Photo: courtesy of Carlos Ay

Aircraft Data

Manufacturer: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, Maine 04073, USA.
Model: (1) TSC-1A Teal (FAA Code: 8960404)
(2) TSC-1A1 Teal (FAA Code: 8960405)
Type Certificate No: A15EA
Serial Number: 1
Manufacturing Date: 1968-??-??
Engine:

Avco Lycoming O-320-A3B 150 hp @ 2700 RPM
Serial No: L-22445-27A
Serial No: L-27717-27A

Remarks: Converted from Model TSC-1A to Model TSC-1A1 with the installation of wing fuel tanks.  Modified with extended wings and tailplane.
Mode S code: 50300766 / 
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N1968T 1968-05-06 Letter from Thurston Aircraft Corporation, Sanford, Maine, to FAA, Aircraft Registration Branch ((AC-250), Oklahoma:

Gentlemen:

   This company is an aircraft manufacturer currently completing the prototype Model TSC-1A TEAL Amphibiban. This program has been designated FAA Project No. 1CA1821EA.

   Inasmuch as we anticipate production at an annual rate exceeding 100 aircraft per year by June 1969, we would appreciate having a block of numbers ending in "T" set aside for our aircraft. Since we need a registration number at once for our experimental airplane, possibly this could be from the same block. Would you please forward the initial number without delay, as we must apply for our radio license and airplane insurance.

   Thanking you for your interest in this matter, we remain

Very truly yours,
THURSTON AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
Signed
David B. Thurston
President

1968-05-15 Letter from FAA (AC Form 1131) to Thurston Aircraft Corporation:

[x] a. We have tentatively reserved special registration number(s): N1968T.

REMARKS:

Hi David;
I have reserved N1968 T for your experimental plane and you should submit all paper work under this number when you get your type certificate and in production we will send you some I.B.M. assignment cards but they probably wont be (T) letters unless you would request them and then that would be a $10.00 fee per number. We will furnish the amount of cards you think you will use in a 18 month period.

Russell E. Carroll (signed)

1968-05-24 Application for Aircraft Registration, FAA Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450 Sanford Airport, Sanford, ME 04073. Signed David B. Thurston, President.
1968-05-24 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 305:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Signed David B. Thurston, President.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1968-05-24 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form FAA 13628, issued:
EXPERIMENTAL - Research and Development
Expiration Date: 23 May 1969.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1968-07-17 Letter from Thurston Aircraft Corporation to FAA:

...please be advised that the subject airplane is not amateur-built. This airplane has been designed and constructed by an experienced aircraft engineering and manufacturing staff organized to develop and market this design.

Signed
David B. Thurston
President

1968-??-?? Manufacturing Date, built at Sanford Airport, Maine.
1968-08-07 Letter from Thurston Aircraft Corporation to FAA, Supervisory Inspector Henry G. Smith:

REFERENCE: Application for Airworthiness Certificate for Thurston Aircraft Model TSC-1A TEAL Amphibian

Dear Mr. Smith:

      Attached hereto is our application for an amendment to the experimental airworthiness certificate for our aircraft Model TSC-1A TEAL Amphibian. The amendment is to request expanded operating limits since we now have in excess of ten hours flight time. The aircraft has been found to be controllable throughout its normal range of speeds and throughout all maneuvers conducted. The aircraft has not demonstrated any hazardous operating characteristics or features.

      In view of the above, this company hereby requests that consideration be given to the extension of the operating limits to include the continental United States.

      Since a flutter vibration survey has been tentatively scheduled at Zahn's Airport, Amityville, New York for the morning of Saturday, August 17, we would very much appreciate your earliest attention to this request.

Respectfully submitted,
THURSTON AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
David  B. Thurston (signed)
President

1968-08-07 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 305:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Signed David B. Thurston, President.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1968-08-07 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form FAA 13628, issued:
EXPERIMENTAL - Research and Development
Expiration Date: August 6, 1969.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1968-08-20 Certificate of Registration, FAA Form 8050-3, issued to:
Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450 Sanford Airport, Sanford, ME 04073.
1968-??-?? US Experimental C of A issued.
1968-06-?? First flight by test pilot Young? from Sanford Airport, Maine.
1968-??-?? First water landing and water take off.
1969-03-31 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 305:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Signed David B. Thurston, President.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1969-04-15 signed.
1969-04-16 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form FAA 13628, issued:
EXPERIMENTAL - Research and Development to show compliance with FAR & Market Surveys.
Expiration Date: April 15, 1970.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1969-10-15 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form FAA 13628, issued (AMENDED):
EXPERIMENTAL - Research and Development to show compliance with FAR & Market Surveys.
Expiration Date: October 14, 1970.
FAA Representative: Henry G. Smith, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1969-10-15 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Signed T. J. Greenier, Vice President.
FAA Representative: Walther Weymouth,, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1969-10-15 Special Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-7, issued:
Classification: EXPERIMENTAL
Purpose: Show compliance to FAR Research & Develop. Market Survey - Crew Train.
Expiry: 27 October 1971.
Signature of FAA Representative: W. I. Weymouth, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1970-10-22 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Signed T. J. Greenier, Vice President.
FAA Representative: Walther Weymouth,, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1970-10-28 signed.
1970-10-28 Special Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-7, issued:
Classification: EXPERIMENTAL
Purpose: Show compliance to FAR Research & Develop. Market Survey - Crew Train.
Expiry: 14 October 1970.
Signature of FAA Representative: W. Weymouth, SWI-EMDO 1-0-41.
1971-12-02 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: William H. Champlin, Jr.; PO Box 1712, Rochester, NH 03867.
Seller: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; David B. Thurston, President.
1972-01-25 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; PO Box 147, Elmira, NY 14902.
Seller: William H. Champlin, Jr.; Owner.

1972-02-24 Conveyance # B100741 recorded by FAA.

1972-01-28 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; PO Box 147, Elmira, NY 14902.
Signed: Paul A. Schweizer, Vice President.
1972-02-24 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; PO Box 147, Elmira, New York 14902.
1972-03-10 Special Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-7, issued:
Classification: Special Flight Permit.
Purpose: Delivery to purchaser.
Expiry: 4/10/72.
Signature of FAA Representative: I. M. Milliken, E-15.
1972-04-07 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Schweizer Aircraft Corp.; PO Box 147, Elmira, New York.
Signed Ernest Schweizer, President.
FAA Inpector's Signature: John D. Lucius,, 1-0-41.
1972-04-07 signed.
1972-04-07 Special Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-7, issued:
Classification: Experimental.
Purpose: Show Compliance and Crew Training.
Expiry: April 6, 1973.
Signature of FAA Representative: John D. Lucius, 1-0-44.
1972-06-26 Security Agreement - Aircraft Chattel Mortgage:
Secured Party: South Shore National Bank; Quincy, Massachusetts.
Debtors: John H. Osgood & John C. Macone, Jr.
Amount loaned to Debtor: $ 13,000.00
Total debt: $ 16.638,00.

1972-08-10 Conveyance # S36699 recorded by FAA.
1973-05-30 Conveyance # S36699 released, FAA AC Form 8050-41.

1972-06-26 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: John H. Osgood & John C. Macone, Jr.; c/o Sugarbush Soaring, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
1972-07-18 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Schweizer Aircraft Corp.; PO Box 147, Elmira, New York 14902.
Total Airframe Hours: 308.52.
Signed Paul A. Schweizer, Vice President.
Inspection Agency Verification: Cyral R. Lancaster, Chief Inspector (signed 1972-07-17).
FAA Inpector's Signature: H. C. Dietrich, EA-EMDO 1-0-41.
1972-07-21 signed.
1972-07-21 Standard Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8100-2, issued.
Manufacturer and Model: Schweizer TSC-1A1
FAA Representative: H. C. Dietrich (signed); 1-0-44.
1972-07-21 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: John H. Osgood & John C. Macone, Jr.; c/o Sugarbush Soaring, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Seller: Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; Ernest Schweizer, President.
1972-08-10 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
John H. Osgood & John C. Macone, Jr.; c/o Sugarbush Soaring, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
1973-05-17 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: David H. Couch; Sugarbush Air Service, Box 68, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Seller: John H. Osgood & John C. Macone, Jr.

1973-06-28 Conveyance # C103558 recorded by FAA.

1973-05-17 Application for Aircraft Registration, FAA Form 8050-1:
Applicant: David H. Couch; Sugarbush Air Service, Box 68, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
1973-06-28 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
David H. Couch; Sugarbush Air Service, Box 68, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
1973-10-05 Major Repair and Alteration, FAA Form 337:
Aircraft: Scheizer Teal (sic) / TSC-A-1A (sic) / 1 / N968T 
Owner: David H. Couch; Sugarbush Air Service, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Agency: Richard Brodeur; A&P # 1284011.
Description of Work Accomplished:
Repaired aircraft damage, forward bulkhead, skin on belly, repaired ribs on both wings at rear attachment point for pontoons.
1973-10-05 approved by Richard Bordeur; # IA1284011.
1973-11-14 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: Addison W. Austin; 51 West Avenue, PO Box 680, South Norwalk, CT 06856.
Seller: David H. Couch.
1973-11-14 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Addison W. Austin; 51 West Avenue, PO Box 680, South Norwalk, CT 06856.
1973-11-27 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Addison W. Austin; 51 West Avenue, PO Box 680, South Norwalk, CT 06856.
1973-12-13 Inventory Security Agreement:
Secured Party: General Motors Acceptance Corp.; Bridgeport, CT.
Debtors: Addison W. Austin.
Amount loaned to Debtor: $ 5,000.00
Total debt: $ 6.673,20.

1973-12-26 Conveyance # K82266 recorded by FAA.
1974-05-24 Conveyance # K82266 released, FAA AC Form 8050-41.

1974-05-26 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: Admil Inc.; Stan Swiderski, 1415 Lakeshore Drive, Clermont, FL 32711.
Seller: Addison W. Austin, Owner.

1974-06-08 Conveyance # I60023 recorded by FAA.

1974-05-26 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Admil Inc.; Stan Swiderski, 1415 Lakeshore Drive, Clermont, FL 32711.
1974-06-08 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Admil Inc.; Stan Swiderski, 1415 Lakeshore Drive, Clermont, FL 32711.
1974-07-31 Aircraft Accident Notice, FAA AC Form 8050-17:
Cancellation of Aircraft Registration Number N-1968T.
The above Registration Number is to be canceled for the reason checked below:
[x] Exported to: Canada.
C-GREE 1974-??-?? Registered on Canadian CAR.
????-??-?? Certificate of Registration issued to:
Robert N. Baldwin; 21 Munsie Street S, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0.
1987-07-16 Certificate of Registration cancelled.  Sale reported to Canadian CAR.
1990-12-13 Certificate of Registration issued to:
William B. T. Thorkelson; 12 Kevin Crescent, Thornton, Ontario L0L 2N0.
1991-03-14 Certificate of Registration cancelled.  Sale reported to Canadian CAR.
1991-03-20 Certificate of Registration issued to:
Oxford Air Services Limited; Thomas H. Martindale; RR#2, Springfield, Ontario N0L 2J0.
1992-05-01 Canadian DoT Limited Supplemental Type Approval No: O-LSA92-007o issued:
Issued to: T. Martindale; Oxford Air Serices; RR #2, Springfield, Ontario N0L 2J0.
Approval Date: April 17, 1992.
Registration / Serial No.: GDQD/15; GREE/1.
Description of Type Design Change: 
4 Foot Wing Span Increase
2 Foot Stabilizer Span Increase
Installation Data:
Wing extensions as per Thurston Aircraft Corporation Drawings 1-2000 (Sheets 1 and 2), 1-2001 (Sheets 1 and 2), 1-2020, Stabilizer extension a per Thurston Aircraft Corporation Drawing 1-3500 (Sheets 1-4).
1992-08-31 Certificate of Airworthiness for Export issued by Canada Transport.
1992-09-02 Letter from Hugh James Donahue; Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA,  to FAA Aircraft Registration:

This is a request to reserve the following aircraft registration number "N1968TA". This will be installed on a Teal Amphibian, model TSA-1A1, s/n #1.

1992-09-21: After telecom with FAA Aircraft Registry, Mr. Donahue accepted registration no. "N1968S".

1992-09-14 Transport Canada Bill of Sale:
Sold to Hugh James Donahue; Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA.
Seller: T. H. Martindale.
1992-09-29 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Hugh J. Donahue; 7820 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024-5158.  
1992-10-21 Cancelled from Canadian CAR.  Exported to USA.
N1968S 1992-10-22 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Hugh J. Donahue; 7820 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024-5158.  
1992-10-30 100 hr Inspection by Frank Webner, Certified Mechanic, A&P # 1230790I.A.
Aircraft Total Time: 869.8 hrs.
Removed Canadian Registration Number and installed US Registration Number.
1992-11-02 Flight Test.
1992-11-12 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6:
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A1 (FAA Coding: 8960405)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Propeller Model Designation: HC-C2YL-1B/7663-4
Registered Owner: Hugh J. Donahue; 7820 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.  
Total Airframe Hours: 870.3.
Signed Paul A. Schweizer, Vice President.
Inspection Agency Verification: Frank Webner, Certified Mechanic, A&P # 1230790.
FAA Inpector's Signature: Robert P. Cernuda, DAR-47-FS-SO.
1992-11-19 signed.
1992-11-19 Conformity Inspection Record, FAA Form 8100-1:
Signed: Robert P. Cernuda, DAR-47-FS-SO.
Aircraft Total Time: 870.3 hrs.
1992-11-19 Statement of Conformity, FAA Form 8130-9, issued:
Make: Thurston (Teal)
Model: TSC-1A1
Serial No: 1
Registration No: N1968S
Engine Make: Avco Lycoming
Model: O-320-A3B
Serial No: L-27717-27A
Propeller Make: Hartzell
Hub Model: HC-C2YL-1BF
Blade Model: 7663-4
Hub Serial No: AX-38
Flight checked on: 11/2/92
Signed: Frank Webner, Certified Mechanic, A&P # 1230790I.A.
1992-11-19 Standard Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8100-2, issued.
Signed: Robert P. Cernuda, DAR-47-FS-SO.
1992-12-11 Major Repair and Alteration, FAA Form 337:
Aircraft: Thurston / TSC-1A1 / 1 / N968S 
Owner: Hugh J. Donahue; 10031 Pines Blvd. #237, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.  
Agency: Miami Avionics Corporation; Opa Locka, Florida.; KC4R305M.
Description of Work Accomplished:
Installed Narco AT-150 Transponder and Ameri-King AK-350 Blind Encoder.
1992-12-11 approved by Carl Dupree; # KC4R305.
1993-09-15 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: Mark W. Elliott; 1143 Obispo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
Seller: Hugh James Donahue.

1994-03-24 Conveyance # ZZ005421 recorded by FAA.

1993-10-31 Registration pending to:
Mark W. Elliott; 143 Obispo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
1994-03-24 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Mark W. Elliott; 143 Obispo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
1994-04-09 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Mark W. Elliott; 143 Obispo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Signed by Mr. Elliott on 1994-04-09, but C of R was issued 1994-03-24...

1998-02-03 Destroyed by tornado at Miami International Airport, Florida.
1998-04-13 Aircraft Bill of Sale, FAA AC Form 8050-2:
Purchaser: Per Aanonsen; 2036 North 1A1, Flagler Beach, FL 32136.
Seller: Mark W. Elliott, Owner.

1999-05-05 Conveyance # EE018996 recorded by FAA.

1999-03-19 Aircraft Registration Application, FAA AC Form 8050-1:
Applicant: Per Aanonsen; 2036 North 1A1, Flagler Beach, FL 32136.
1999-05-05 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Per Aanonsen; 2036 North 1A1, Flagler Beach, FL 32136.
2002-11-01 Rebuild completed by Per Aanonsen.
2020-01-06 Certificate of Registration, FAA AC Form 8050-3, issued to:
Western North Carolina Air Museum; PO Box 2343. Hendersonville, NC 28793-2343.
2020-01-25 Noted at Western North Carolina Air Museum, Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
  Sources: FAA Aircraft Registry
Per Aanonsen
Gary Larson
Carlos Ay

N1968T (Photo: Howard Levy)

N1968T - great photo!
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy courtesy of Gary Larson

N1968T (Photo: Howard Levy)

N1968T
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy courtesy of Gary Larson

N1968T (Photo: Howard Levy)

N1968T
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy courtesy of Gary Larson

N1968T

N1968T
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy

N1968T
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy

N1968T (Photo: Howard Levy)

N1968T
Teal prototype1968
Photo: Howard Levy

N1968S (Photo: Per Aanonsen)

N1968S
After hit by tornado, March 1998
Photo: Per Aanonsen

N1968S (Photo: Per Aanonsen)

N1968S
After hit by tornado, March 1998
Photo: Per Aanonsen

N1968S (Photo: Per Aanonsen)

N1968S
After hit by tornado, March 1998
Photo: Per Aanonsen

C-GREE (Photo: Carlos Fortner)

C-GREE
Photo: Carlos Fortner

C-GREE (Photo: Carlos Fortner)

C-GREE
Photo: Carlos Fortner

N1968S Photo: Tom Beck

N1968S
Eagles Nest, Florida
03 November 2007
Photo: Tom Beck

N1968S

N1968S
Western North Carolina Air Museum
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
25 January 2020
Photo: courtesy of Carlos Ay

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