United States Navy. 1945 Grumman TBM-3U. Construction #: 4076.
U.S. Forest Service, Davis, CA, N107Z, 1956-1959. There are two images of N107Z in this article: “Wings of the Forest Service”. William T. Larkins and Rick Turner, 2011, Warbirds International, Vol. 30 (1):6-19. Registration cancelled 21 July, 1959 (see FAA report).
Reregistered as N7858C, #85, Aug. 1959. Owner not known.
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.” [Comment from Bernie Goodman, 10 Nov. 2014 (below).]
Two comments from the Firebombers Facebook 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, 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, 28 Apr 2014