United States Navy. General Motors TBM-3. Construction #3140. Manufacturer’s Number 6125 (Griffin 1969).
Royal Canadian Navy. BOC: May 29, 1952. SOC: May 14, 1958. Flew as #420, later as #386.
CF-JJC, Richel Air Ltd., St-Jean, Quebec, 1958-1966. According to Barrie Macleod’s research in the Civil Aviation Register for 1961, there were 2 Richel Air Avengers that were former RCN aircraft: CF-JJB (BuNo 86175) and this one, CF-JJC.
Ivan Gustin of Lewiston, ID, as N68683, 1966. Gear collapsed on landing, Grangeville, ID, August 23, 1967. See the NTSB Report.
N68683, Hillcrest Aircraft Co., Lewiston, ID
#110 #A25 N68683 1969-1970
Note: This aircraft, #A25 N68683 should not be confused with Sis-Q Avenger #E25 N68663, which became C-GLEG.
Aerial spray program – NB
1970 – Pilot Poteet. Barrie MacLeod tallied the orange and white N68683 #A25 on 21 May 1970 at the Fredericton airport. The team list for 1970 gives the project number as #110, which was the actual tail number at the time. 1971 – Flew as project number #A25. Pilot Poteet.
Miramichi Air Service, Douglastown, NB
#A25 N68683 / CF-BEF 1972-1975
Aerial spray program – #A25, N68683 – Quebec, Maine
1972 – Flew in Quebec (pilot Retfalvy) and Maine (pilot Reid) as #A25.
Aerial spray program -#A25, CF-BEF – NB
1973, 1974 – Pilot Tomecek. Crashed 20 miles south of Sevogle on 15 June 1974. “A loud noise was heard and the propeller ran away during a spray run. The aircraft … landed wheels-up on a logging road.” The damage is noted as substantial.
1975 Pilot Biro. Crashed 20 May 1975 (A.M.). Fully loaded TBM #A25 CF-BEF, piloted by J. Biro and contracted from Miramichi Air Services, developed engine trouble and crashed on take-off 1/8 mile north of the take-off runway at Juniper Airstrip. This was the first morning of spraying from the Juniper Airstrip. Pilot Biro was unhurt, but the aircraft was destroyed and buried near the crash site. This occurred on the same day as the crash of FZYC. Parts from FBEF were used in the ACAM restoration of FZYC.