US amb­hib­ian man­u­fac­turer Lake Air­craft up for sale

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Lake Air­craft, man­u­fac­turer of the LA-4 Rene­gade, Sea­fury and Sea­wolf am­phib­ians, is up for sale. The pack­age on of­fer in­cludes FAA type cer­tifi­cates, world­wide man­u­fac­tur­ing and mar­ket­ing rights, com­po­nent and assem­bly tool­ing, dies, jigs and en­gi­neer­ing draw­ings. Lake staff will also be avail­able to help the new owner with tran­si­tion and con­tin­ued pro­duc­tion. “The man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tion can then be used as a foun­da­tion to ex­pand into big­ger and more com­plex air­craft,” said Ar­mand Ri­vard, pres­i­dent of Revo Inc, the Lake Air­craft hold­ing com­pany.

The LA-4’S ori­gins date back sev­enty years, when the pro­to­type two-seat Colo­nial XC-1 Skim­mer, de­signed by David Thurston, first flew. It went into pro­duc­tion in 1956, and 42 Skim­mer C-1s and more pow­er­ful C-2s were built be­fore the man­u­fac­turer went bank­rupt in 1959. Its as­sets were ac­quired by Lake Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion, and LA-4 first ap­peared in 1960. Sub­se­quently, more than 1,000 Lake am­phib­ians were man­u­fac­tured be­fore se­ries pro­duc­tion ceased in 2009.

The pro­to­type Colo­nial XC-1 Skim­mer first flew sev­enty years ago

The LA-4, in pro­duc­tion from 1960 to 2009

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