The aircraft was sold to a Mr. William Hadden / Orofino, Idaho on January 28, 1952. Mr. Hadden converted the aircraft to a water bomber to fight forest fires.
Mr. Hadden sold the plane to Johnson Flying Service / Missoula, MT on October 28, 1957 where it was used as a “Smoke Jumper”
Johnson sold the plane to Jack Adams Aircraft Sales / Walls, MS on February 21, 1969.
Jack Adams sold the plane the same day to Dolph Overton / Santee South Carolina on February 21, 1969. It was during this period of time that the aircraft went thru a complete ground up restoration which included a complete airframe teardown, cleaning, painting and all new skins. The aircraft was displayed in the Wings and Wheels Museum in Orlando Florida then later, Richmond VA.