FIMM / Skyway/Conair #604 / Bu# 53241

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3S Avenger. Construction number 3303.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3. Flew as #307 for Squadrons VS 881 and VC 920. BOC: July 15, 1950. SOC: Jan. 10, 1958.

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RCN Avenger 53241 undergoing maintenance on board ship. [Shearwater Aviation Museum, courtesy Barrie MacLeod]

Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC
#604 CF-IMM 1958-1969

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1958 – Converted to tanker, Victoria, BC, 1958. Part of a fleet of 6 Wheeler and 6 Skyway TBMs. 1959 – No operations. 1960-1965 – No records, but very likely flew in NB for these years. 1961 – Tallied by Larry Milberry while en route to NB. 1966, 1967 Pilot Linkewich. 1968 – Pilot not known.

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Skyway TBM #604 FIMM spraying.

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Skyway TBM #604 FIMM spraying.

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Skyway TBM #604 FIMM loading.

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Skyway #604 parked with others at Fredericton, 1958. The TBM with the yellow tail is owned by Wheeler Airlines.

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Skyway #604 probably in British Columbia. (Eric Dumigam, AIRIC)

Conair Aviation Ltd., Abbotsford, BC
#604 CF-IMM 1969-1973

70 Conair T604 FIMM

Conair CF-IMM, 1970.

Aerial Spray Program – NB, Quebec (1972 only)
1969 – Pilot Fraese. 1970 – Pilot Weslowsky. 1971 – Pilot Grosenick. 1972 – Also Quebec, Pilot Wood. 1973 – Pilot Buchanan.
Crashed 14 May 1973 while spraying in the Sussex area, NB. The aircraft was destroyed on impact, and burned, but parts were salvaged by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum (Goffs, NS) and used on their #24 display. Pilot Buchanan suffered a broken leg.

FIMM

Conair TBM CF-IMM #604.

7 responses to “FIMM / Skyway/Conair #604 / Bu# 53241

  1. Hi Terry sorry for the delay my email is caseys777@gmail.com

  2. i flew as second officer for bob. he took me under his wing and helped me a lot. gave me lots of landing
    and he was a great guy to fly with

  3. bob smeed was a pwa capt i flew with as an second offlcer.he took me under his wng. and was my hero i’ll never forget him

  4. Robert Casey Smeed

    My dad Was Bob Smeed killed in 1972…Buchanan was the lead pilot..do you have anymore information? Sincerely Casey Smeed (son)

  5. george plawski

    STAN WOOD AND BUCK BUCHANAN WERE BOTH EX NAVY PILOTS WHO FLEW TBM’S IN THE SERVICE.
    IN 1974 BUCHANAN, PRESUMABLY DISTURBED AT HAVING JUST BOMBED THE CRASH SITE OF A FELLOW PILOT, LLOYD RAUW, NEAR CLINTON, LANDED HIS A26 WHEELS UP IN WILLIAMS LAKE, AND CEASED FLYING.

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