New Brunswick Airstrips and Airports – 1951 to 1993

Over the course of the spruce budworm spray program in New Brunswick, Forest Protection Limited (FPL) made use of many airstrips and airports. Some of these were used intensively and on a regular basis, and some infrequently. Some were used for small aircraft spray operations or for herbicide program staging areas (see Other New Brunswick).

The important airstrips were:

Boston Brook

Brockway

Budworm City

Dunphy

Juniper

Sevogle

Fredericton International Airport – the home of FPL, but not an FPL airstrip

Other New Brunswick Airports and Airstrips

Airstrips 1951-1993 in New Brunswick (Aerial spraying) – TBMs, Stearmans and Others

Source: FPL Annual Reports (more detailed from 1975 on); a series of 8.5 x 14 pages titled Forest Spraying Operations in New Brunswick (up to 1974).

Airstrips were constructed mostly from 1951 to 1958, after the end of the spray season, with one each in 1964, 1965 and 1970.

1951

Constructed: Budworm City – many articles, much publicity. On Nov 24 the construction of a 760 metre airstrip was commenced at Budworm City in Northern New Brunswick by NBIP (New Brunswick International Paper). The work was done by Ashley A. Colter’s Diamond Construction Company. Camps were built to house 200 people.

1952

Active (Stearmans): Budworm City

1953

Constructed: Boston Brook, Charlo, Horne’s Gulch, Nictau, Rose Hill

Active (Stearmans): Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Horne’s Gulch, Nictau, Rose Hill

1954

Constructed: Sevogle, Renous – built by Ashley A. Colter’s Diamond Construction Company. At the time there was no road into this then remote area of New Brunswick. A 64 plus km road had to be built to Renous by FPL using heavy earth moving equipment.

Active (Stearmans): Boston Brook, Budworm City, Renous, Sevogle, Rose Hill

1955

Active (Stearmans): Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Horne’s Gulch, Nictau, Renous

1956

Constructed: Dunphy, Juniper, Tabu, Taxis

Active (Stearmans): Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Dunphy, Juniper, Tabu, Taxis, Horne’s Gulch, Nictau, Rose Hill, Sevogle

1957

Constructed: Grog Brook, MacFarlane

Active (Stearmans): Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Dunphy, Juniper, Tabu, Taxis, Grog Brook, Horne’s Gulch, MacFarlane, Nictau, Renous, Rose Hill, Sevogle

1958

First year for the use of TBMs.

Constructed: Kesnac (for 1960 project)

Active: Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Taxis, Grog Brook, Nictau, Renous, Sevogle

1959

None constructed, none active. Spraying was not conducted in 1959.

1960

Active: Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Kesnac, Taxis

1961

Active: Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper

1962

Active: Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Scoudouc (not an FPL airstrip; used for this year only), Tabu

1963

Active: Dunphy

1964

Constructed: Chipman

Active: Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Kesnac

Dunphy and Juniper – The sprayer fleet was arranged so that the two main contractors (Skyway and Wheeler) had equal TBM representation at Juniper and Dunphy Airstrips. During the early part of the program, the Juniper half was split between Fredericton and Juniper. Later, 14 TBMs operated from Juniper and 14 operated from Dunphy.

Kesnac – The 8 Stearmans operated from Kesnac, and their operations were confined to the forest near the settlements along the main St. John River between Hartland and Prince William.

Source: Interim Report – 1964 Forest Spraying Program [FPL files]

1965

Constructed: Trout Brook (Source FPL Web Timeline)

Active: Chipman (not an FPL airstrip), Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Kesnac, Taxis

1966

Active: Chipman (not an FPL airstrip), Dunphy, Fredericton Airport (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Taxis, Trout Brook (not an FPL airstrip)

1967

Active: Dunphy, Juniper, Kesnac

1968

This was the last year that Stearmans were regularly used as spray aircraft.

Active: Dunphy

1969

No Stearmans were used this year.

Active: Chipman (not an FPL airstrip), Dunphy, Juniper

1970

Constructed: SussexThe construction of an airstrip near Sussex and the use of four other bases were required to cover the substantial acreages in 1971. Sussex was “built in the fall of 1970 and brought into operational condition in the spring of this [1971] year.” [1971 FPL Annual Report]

Active: Dunphy, Juniper

Stearmans were used in an experimental spray program.

1971

No Stearmans were used this year.

Active: Blissville (Department of National Defense), Chipman (not an FPL airstrip), Dunphy, Juniper, Sussex

1972

Active: Blissville (Department of National Defence), Dunphy, Juniper, Sevogle, Sussex (not an FPL airstrip)

The TBMs (total 44) were calibrated at Dunphy Airstrip then dispatched to the other airstrips (May 10-20). Twenty-four TBMs began work from five fields in NB, concentrating in the early days at Sussex and Blissville and gradually moving into Juniper and Sevogle where most were working during the last week. A few were at Dunphy throughout the operation. Spraying began May 17 and ended June 9.

Four Stearmans conducted an experimental spray out of Dunphy.

1973

Active: Blissville (Department of National Defense), Juniper, Sevogle, Sussex (not an FPL airstrip)

Four Stearmans conducted an experimental spray out of Dunphy. This is the last year that Stearmans were used in New Brunswick.

1974

Active: Blissville (Department of National Defense), Boston Brook, Chipman (not an FPL airstrip), Juniper, Sevogle

1975

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – June 4 to 26, Charlo – June 18 to 23, Chipman – May 20 to June 16, Dunphy – May 24 to June 21, Dunphy – July 3 to 17 (small operational spray trial for moth), Juniper – May 20 to June 26, St. Stephen – May 25 to June 10, Sevogle – June 4 to 26

Active (small aircraft): Small sprayers started at Sussex June 3, moved to Grand Falls and finished at Edmundston June 9.

1976

Active (TBM’s, C-46’s, DC-6’s): Blissville – May 17 to June 4, Boston Brook – May 28 to June 21 (also C-46’s), Charlo – June 4 to 20, Chatham – May 26 to June 19 (also DC-6’s), Juniper – May 21 to June 17, Sevogle – June 2 to 19, Sussex – May 20 to June 6

Active (Cessna AgTrucks): Four AgTrucks were used to treat smaller irregular areas, starting at Blissville May 25, then to McEwan’s Field (Moncton), Grand Falls and terminating at Edmundston June 21.

1977

Active (TBM’s): Blissville – May 2 to June 10, Boston Brook – May 28 to June 24, Charlo – June 9 to 24, Dunphy – May 23 to June 27

1978

Active (TBM’s): Blissville – May 26 to June 16, Boston Brook – May 30 to June 22, Juniper – May 26 to June 17, Sevogle – May 28 to June 22

1979

Active (TBM’s): Blissville – May 22 to June 15, Boston Brook – May 30 to June 20, Chipman – May 21 to June 7, Dunphy – May 22 to June 14, Sevogle – May 28 to June 17

Active (AgCats): An experimental spray was conducted out of Blissville using two Grumman AgCats, May 29 to 30.

1980

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – May 27 to June 20, Brockway – May 24 to June 5 [first use of this NB Department of Natural Resources strip], Chatham – May 27 to June 20, Chipman – May 24 to June 3, Sevogle – May 26 to June 19

Active (small aircraft): An experimental spray was conducted using two Stearmans, two Cessna AgTrucks, one helicopter and eight Pawnees, June 2 to 11. The airstrips were: Brockway, Charlo, Dunphy, Edmundston, Grand Falls, Tabu, Weyman Field, Woodstock

1981

Active (TBM’s, DC-6’s): Boston Brook – June 1 to 19, Brockway – May 19 to June 2, Charlo – June 3 to 19, Charlo – May 30 to June 18 (DC-6), Dunphy – May 20 to June 19, Juniper – May 19 to June 20

Active (small aircraft): A Private Woodlot Spraying Program was conducted from May 21 to June 17:,Brockway, Edmundston, Grand Falls, Rogersville, Rose Hill, Weyman Field

1982

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – May 30 to June 19, Brockway – May 27 to June 4, Charlo – June 4 to 19, Dunphy – May 27 to June 19, Juniper – May 29 to June 17, Sevogle – May 29 to June 19

Active (small aircraft): A Private Woodlot Spraying Program was conducted from June 5 to 15: Boston Brook, Brockway, Charlo, Dunphy, St. Quentin, Weyman Field

1983

Active (TBM’s, DC-6’s): Boston Brook – May 29 to June 18, Brockway – May 21 to June 8, Charlo – June 4 to 19, Charlo – May 27 to June 19 (DC-6), Chipman – May 21 to June 8, Dunphy – May 23 to June 12, Sevogle – May 23 to June 15. TBM use of Sussex Airstrip was cancelled because of public opposition.

Active (small aircraft): A Private Woodlot Spraying Program was conducted from May 21 to June 17: Bathurst, Brockway, Charlo, Chipman, Dunphy, Edmundston, Fredericton, Grand Falls, Moncton (McEwan’s Field), St. Quentin, Weyman Field, Woodstock

1984

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – May 28 to June 17, Brockway – May 27 to June 15, Dunphy – May 27 to June 20, Sevogle – May 28 to June 18

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 26 to June 21: Bathurst, Brockway, Charlo, Chipman, Dunphy, Grafton (Woodstock), MacFarlane, Moncton (McEwan’s Field), Nictau, Renous, Sevogle, St. Quentin, Sisson Ridge, Taxis

1985

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – June 5 to 21, Brockway – May 28 to June 11, Sevogle – May 30 to June 21

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 26 to June 24: Bathurst, Boston Brook, Brockway, Charlo, Chipman, Dunphy, Grafton (Woodstock), Moncton (McEwan’s Field), Sevogle, St. Quentin, Sisson Ridge, Weyman Field

1986

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – May 30 to June 16, Brockway – May 26 to June 11, Sevogle – June 2 to 15

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 27 to June 21: Boston Brook, Chipman, Dunphy, Moncton, Sevogle, Tabu, Weyman Field

1987

Active (TBM’s): Boston Brook – May 24 to June 18, Dunphy – May 22 to June 18

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 27 to June 17: Boston Brook, Dunphy, Fredericton, Moncton

1988

Active (TBM’s, DC-6’s): Boston Brook – May 24 to June 8, Charlo – May 28 to June 9 (DC-6), Sevogle – May 27 to June 5

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 8 to June 18: Boston Brook, Dunphy, Fredericton, Sevogle

1989

Active (TBM’s, DC-6’s): Boston Brook – May 29 to June 14, Charlo – May 30 to June 14 (DC-6), Sevogle – May 29 to June 14

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 28 to June 17: Boston Brook, Dunphy, Grog Brook, Sevogle

1990

Active (TBM’s): Spruce Budworm: Charlo – June 6 to 16, Sevogle – June 5 to 16; Hemlock Looper: Sevogle – June 25 to July 6

Active (small aircraft): A small spray aircraft program was conducted from June 5 to 26: Bathurst, Budworm City [First use since 1958!], Dunphy, Sevogle

1991

Active (TBM’s): Bathurst – May 14 to June 12, Sevogle – May 22 to June 16

1992

Active (TBM’s): Bathurst – May 14 to June 12, Sevogle – May 15 to June 12

1993

Active (TBM’s): Sevogle – May 11 to July 6. This is the last year that TBM’s were used for spraying in NB.

 

4 thoughts on “New Brunswick Airstrips and Airports – 1951 to 1993

  1. Hi there. I’ve got an unusual request. Does anyone remember what the designator for the Scoudouc airfield was ? Also does anyone remember the old Botsford beacon LF range station and what it’s frequency or ident was ? It was on Green 1 airway between Charlottetown and Moncton. Thanks.

  2. Still would like to know the final resting place of N7922A that crashed just out of Chipman NB on June 16th of 1966. I understand a pilot by the name of Westmoreland may have been flying it. Any information that could help me along in my investigation would be appreciated.

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