Author Archives: Chris

New Avenger Images

I’ve just added some new images and updates to several U.S. and Canadian Avengers. Most  come from images posted to the Facebook sites TBM’s – Mil & Civ and Forest Protection Alumni.

FBEF  A new and better crash image.
FBQT / N7858C Early images of N7858C as #85.
FIMI #601  An image of FIMI dropping retardant in B.C. in the early 1960s.
GLEN / N3249G  An image and a story of Johnson #A14 N3249G in Spearfish, ND, in 1959, while at the Deadwood fire.
GLEP #A11 / N7014C  The same story and image as for N3249G plus a very nice image of Ray Greene flying N7014C, posted by his son James.
GLEQ #A7  An image of the wreck sitting upright in the river, from James Greene.

I hope you all are enjoying this TBM Avenger Archive. It’s a lot of work, but I still plan to make minor tweaks here and there.

Recent updates

Recently I have been haunting the Provincial Archives New Brunswick here is Fredericton. I came across some crash images of CF-KCG, Conair #615, which I have posted to its aircraft page.

Also, a mystery has been solved! FZTR and FZTS: The Mystery page, which now reads SOLVED! Barry McLeod had alerted me to a very interesting page run by the Stoltzfus family of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, who had purchased four Avengers in 1957. After a series of emails regarding N7028C and N4173A, Ken Stoltzfus decided to order the Certificate of Registration for N4173A. The previously unknown BuNo was finally revealed as 85904 and the BuBo for N7028C was confirmed as 53775.

Read about it on the revised mystery page.

Major Revision Completed

I have just completed a major overhaul of the site, which took considerable effort and time. Several new pages have been added, and many new images were added (as well as some removed). The site is well regarded at the Forest Protection Limited Alumni and Military and Civil TBMs Facebook sites, and many members have contributed images and opinions. This site has been expanded considerably to include spray and fire bomber companies from the western USA — the previous owners of the TBMs that sprayed in New Brunswick.

In a recent post to TBMs – Mil & Civ, I urged members to research the Avenger companies in their own regions, which means this site may expand beyond its original scope of just New Brunswick. We will see what happens.

New page on the northwest Pacific states

Please check out the new page on the Pacific Northwest, the mountain states that provided Avengers to the New Brunswick spray program. These companies were also active in spray programs in their own region. Feedback and corrections are encouraged, but please note that my poor attempt just scratches the surface. It should be considered as only a summary, i.e., until someone else writes the book on the period.

New Revisions Coming

Winter is Coming, and I have started a period of new revisions on this TBM Avenger Archive. The Pilots page has been updated with new images and material with help from various Comments, the FPL files and the Forest Protection Limited Alumni Facebook site. More tweakings will occur over the next few days, so stay tuned. To come are a desperately needed rewriting of the US companies that provided aircraft and a second look at the individual Avenger histories, helped by the additions of some new images collected from the TBMs – Military and Civil Facebook site.

New updated pilots page

I’ve just updated Don Henry’s 2008 list of TBM pilots and the years they flew for aerial pest control and for firebombing, up to 2010. This is still a work on progress, so stay tuned. I’ve added some images as well.

Still to come are updates to U.S. companies.

Revised page: Other Canadian Companies

I’ve just revised the Other Canadian air spray companies page. This includes Several New Brunswick companies (Miramichi, Maritime, JD Irving) and two from Ontario: Norfolk and Hicks and Lawrence. I’m going to tackle the U.S. companies next — wish me luck!