Boston Brook

Boston Brook Airport (TC LID: CCJ3), is located 17 km (10 mi) southwest of Boston Brook, New Brunswick, and about 25 km west of St-Quentin; see also here and here (map). The airstrip is owned by Irving Oil Transport Ltd, and is still active (NavCanada 2006).

Location of the proposed Boston Brook airstrip from 1952 budworm spray project map. (Source: L.S. Webb, 1952)

Boston Brook airstrip from the air, 1985. The runway looks south.

Constructed

1953 – no details

Active in the aerial spray program

1953-1958, 1974 – no details

1975 – June 4 to 26 (TBMs)

1976 – May 28 to June 21 (TBMs and C-46s)

1977 – May 27 to June 24 (TBMs)

Work Flow Example – 1977

  1. Set up living facilities: early April to mid-May
  2. Arrival of insecticide: first delivery May 9
  3. Arrival of aviation gasoline: first delivery May 5
  4. Arrival of TBMs: May 22 and 23
  5. Arrival of Cessnas and navigation crews: May 19
  6. Calibration of TBMs: May 26
  7. Operational spraying: May 27 to June 24 (TBMs)
  8. Clean-up of systems, tanks, etc.: late June to early July with final inspection in October
  9. Closing up camps: immediately after clean-up of systems, with a final clean-up and inspection in October

1978 – May 30 to June 22 (TBMs)

1979 – May 30 to June 20 (TBMs)

1980 – May 27 to June 20 (TBMs)

1981 – June 1 to 19 (TBMs)

1982 – May 30 to June 19 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from June 5 to 15 from 6 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

1983 – May 29 to June 18 (TBMs)

1984 – May 28 to June 17 (TBMs)

1985 – June 5 to 21 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 26 to June 24 from 12 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

1986 – May 30 to June 16 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 27 to June 21 from 7 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

1987 – May 24 to June 18 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 27 to June 17 from 4 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

1988 – May 24 to June 8 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 8 to June 18 from 4 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

1989 – May 29 to June 14 (TBMs); a small spray aircraft program was conducted from May 28 to June 17 from 4 airstrips, including Boston Brook.

Boston Brook airstrip, 1953. (Mac McGlothin)

The end of the season, Boston Brook airstrip, 1953. (Mac McGlothin)

The Firefly team loading: #618 FMUE (foreground), #616 FKCM (middle) and likely #607 FAGN (lead), Boston Brook, June 1978.

Landing approach, Boston Brook airstrip, June 1981. The TBM at right is in the washing pit.

Aircraft parking area, Boston Brook airstrip, June 1981.

Chemical storage area and control tower, Boston Brook, 1983.

Boston Brook camp buildings from air, 1985.

Boston Brook – closeup of pit piping and TBMs #20 and #21, June 1986.

Boston Brook Airstrip, Canada Flight Supplement, 2008 (NavCanada 2008).

References

NavCanada. 2006. Moncton VFR Navigation Chart, February 2006.

NavCanada. 2008. Canada Flight Supplement, 31 July, 2008. Canada and North Atlantic Terminal and Enroute Data. Part 3 – Aerodromes.

Webb, L.S. 1952. Report on Survey of Spruce Budworm Infestation and Damage on New Brunswick and Quebec Limits of New Brunswick International Paper Company. Canadian International Paper Company, Forest Engineering Department, Eastern Division, Nov. 3, 1952.

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