United States Navy. 1945 Grumman TBM-3U. Construction #: 4076.
U.S. Forest Service, Davis, CA, N107Z, 1956-1959. Reregistered as N7858C, #85, Aug. 1959
Parsons Airpark Inc, Carpinteria, CA, #85, 1963-1964
T.A. Underwood, Buckeye, AZ, 1964.
Aerial Applicators, Salt Lake City, UT, #D17, 1966-1972
Hicks and Lawrence Ltd., St. Thomas, Ontario
#21 CF-BQT 1972-1976
Aerial spray program – NB
1974 – Pilot Godby. 1975,1976 – Pilot Craven.
Stored at Ag Air Ltd, Dawson Creek, BC, then (probably) at the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (Reynolds Museum complex), Wetaskiwin, AB.
However, this link (airport-data.com, several images) “shows a photo of C-FBQT residing at the North Peace River Regional Airport (YXJ), Fort St. John, British Columbia. The photo of C-FQBT is dated 2009-06-02 and shows the aircraft without rudder and ailerons. It is apparently owned by James B. Wilson. A high resolution Google Maps (2014) view of North Peace Regional Airport (YXJ), Fort St. John, British Columbia, shows an Avenger with wings folded. It is behind a small white building with a red Twin Otter beside it. This is pretty good evidence that the aircraft is not at Ag Air Ltd, Dawson Creek, BC, or the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (Reynolds Museum complex), Wetaskiwin, AB.” [Comment from Bernie Goodman, 10 Nov. 2014]
Two comments from the Firebombers list
[FBQT] was operated by AgAir, Dawson Creek, BC, fitted with a 1000 US gal spray tank. Sold to Boyd Wilson (unfortunately no relation) of Fort St. John, BC, and was trucked from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John for restoration.
– Tom Wilson, Fire Bombers (fb) 28 Apr 2014
I was flying for Agair when this a/c arrived, still in the colors it had before Hicks and Lawrence. It was stripped of the black paint in 79 or 80. Don Lumsden (the owner of AgAir) passed away about a year and a half ago.
– Wilton Theunisse, Fire Bombers (fb) 28 Apr 2014