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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sightings: Consolidated Aeronautics/Lake LA-4-200 Amphibian

By Carmelo Turdo
Recently, a Consolidated Aeronautics/Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, owned by Patrick Murphy of Lacon, IL was sited at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL.  The aircraft is a legacy of the Colonial Aircraft (later Lake Aircraft) C-1 Sea Skimmer of the 1950s, and the LA-4-200 was born in the late 1960s when the Lycoming 200hp IO-360 A1B was chosen to power the aircraft.  Production of the LA-4-200 ranged from 1968-1981, and the company changed owners again several times during this period.  For a comprehensive look at Lake Seaplane development, visit the Lake Amphibian Flyer's Club website at

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