Here is a collection of interesting historical information about the Colonial Skimmer:
Colonial Skimmer Ads and Articles:
C2 Magazine Advertisement ( JPG picture Showing 270B as the "Fashion Model" )
Flying Magazine ( JPG showing a C1 on the cover )
C1 Flight Test ( PDF showing Feb 1957 C1 Cockpit Test Report )
Wingspan Magazine ( PDF showing April 1959 article )
The Colonial Aircraft Corporation and Lake Aircraft History - More or less Current:
Their first aircraft was the three-seater Colonial Skimmer. This aircraft with a now characteristic pylon mounted engine on top of the fuselage, first flew in the summer of 1948. Colonial eventually built 42 Skimmers of which 18 were Skimmer two’s which had four seats.
Lindblad almost redesigned the Skimmer from the ground up, before re-introducing it as the LA-4 in 1959. Three years later, Lake was bought by Consolidated Aeronautics Inc. who split Lake up in two divisions. On one side was Aerofab Inc, that was to built the aircraft in Stanford, Maine and on the other side was the Lake Aircraft Division that was to take care of the sale and service of the aircraft.
In 1979, Armand Rivard bought both divisions and has been building Lakes of various shapes and sizes ever since.
The assets are now owned by Revo inc. www.lakeamphib.com
Here is a link to an PDF file describing the recent auction-sale of the Lake Aircraft company:
(an interesting PDF file)