Companies That Provided TBM Avengers

In 1970, FPL General Manager Barney Flieger wrote, in a letter to The Secretary of the Air Transport Committee, Canadian Transport Commission [Ottawa], dated 24 April 1970:

From the beginning of forest spraying in New Brunswick to the present [1970] not a single aircraft of U.S. registry has been employed except after all suitable aircraft of Canadian registry and all duly licensed Canadian operators were first placed under contract. In all cases where U.S. aircraft participated it was because of a need which could not be filled at the time by licensed Canadian operators.

The Companies

Up to the late 1960s, most of the work had been done by Canadian operators based in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Companies from British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick operated in the 1970s. American companies operated TBM’s in New Brunswick in three periods: 1964 to 1966 (Johnson), 1969 to 1972 (nine companies) and 1981 to 1982 (Stewart).

Canada – West

Skyway Air Services, Langley, British Columbia

Conair Aviation, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Canada – Central

Hicks and Lawrence Limited, Saint Thomas and Tillsonburg, Ontario

Norfolk Air Services / Norfolk Aerial Spraying Ltd., Simcoe, Ontario

Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Quebec

Wheeler-Northland Airlines, St. Jean, Quebec

Richel Air, St. Jean, Quebec

Evergreen Air Services, Roxboro and Pierrefonds, Quebec

Canada – East

J.D. Irving (Forest Patrol Ltd.), Saint John, New Brunswick

Maritime Air Service, Moncton, New Brunswick

Miramichi Air Service, Douglastown, New Brunswick

U.S.A – Northwest: The Mountain States

Airway Inc., Yakima, Washington

Richardson Aviation, Yakima, Washington

Stewart Aviation, Moses Lake, Washington

Hillcrest Aircraft, Lewiston, Idaho

Reeder Flying Service, Twin Falls, Idaho

Johnson Flying Service, Missoula, Montana

Air Tankers Inc., Newcastle, Wyoming

U.S.A. – California

Sis-Q Flying Service, Santa Rosa, California

Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, California

U.S.A. – South-Central

Aircraft Specialties, Mesa, Arizona

Interactive Google Map

This is an interactive Google map that provides locations of all companies in North America that provided Avengers to Forest Protection Limited.

Below are three tables that summarize the deployment of Canadian Avengers (in two time periods) and U.S. Avengers. A summary of FPL Avengers can be found HERE.

Canadian companies that deployed Avengers in New Brunswick, 1958 to 1968. FPL did not conduct any operations in 1959.
Company 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
JD Irving
Richel Air
Canadian companies that deployed Avengers in New Brunswick, 1968 to 1984.
Company 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
Hicks & Lawrence
JD Irving ?
U.S. companies that deployed Avengers in New Brunswick, 1964 to 1972 and 1981 to 1982. No U.S. aircraft sprayed in New Brunswick between 1973 and 1980.
Company 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973-1980 1981 1982
Hemet Valley
Aircraft Specialties  ✓
Air Tankers


2 thoughts on “Companies That Provided TBM Avengers

  1. Hi there.
    I wonder if you can help. I am building a 1/24th scale flying model of ‘Norfolks’ B18 in its earlier pale yellow and white scheme. I have some lovely sharp pics of this aircraft from the port side, but could do with some other views. I have scoured your website and found a couple more pics, but again from just the port side (there is a great stb side pic on your site, but its a later scheme with black and yellow) Just wondering if you have any other pics that you have not published? many thanks, Richard Crossley.

    PS, if you are interested, you can see one of my models flying on youtube, its a Brewster Bermuda, search for Brewster Bermuda if you want to see the vid.

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