Falling barely within the acceptable
window of my 'Classic' selection, this Lake was built in 1961.
It is still on the register.
However, since the prototype first flew in 1959 and the first
models came off the line in 1960,
I believe it qualifies as a Classic. This aircraft was a
of the Colonial Skimmer IV and,
prior to that, the Grumman Tadpole.
was somewhat larger than
its progenitor, having a greater wing span, strengthened structure and
all up weight. The LA4
remained in production until 1972 (small numbers of
seaplane only LA4Ts were also built), by which
stage the improved
LA4200 Buccaneer had been in production for two
years. This LA-4 was shot
at McCarren Field in Las Vegas in
1961 when N1023L was brand new
and was owned by the
J.J. Harkey Company, dba Sierra Nevada