FIMU / Wheeler #504 / Bu# 69354

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. General Motors TBM-3S. Construction #: 2093. Delivered to US Navy as Bu. 69354, 19??.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3. Flew as #347/367. BOC: July 21, 1950. SOC: Jan. 30, 1958.

69354 became CF-IMU with Wheeler and was parted out in 1960. RCN photo. - Posted to TBMs - Mil & Civ 22Dec14 by Barrie MacLeod.

#69354 became CF-IMU with Wheeler and was parted out in 1960. Caption reads “CNA 25. Avenger AS-3 #69354. 19th July 1955. Ground view of aircraft immediately after accident.” [RCN photo. Posted to TBMs – Mil & Civ 22 Dec 2014 by Barrie MacLeod]

Wheeler Airlines, St. Jean, Quebec
#504 CF-IMU 1958

Aerial spray program – NB
1958 – Registered 6 March 1958.

FIMU was used as a spare aircraft for the 1958 aerial spray season by Wheeler Airlines; it had the original bombay doors (i.e., it was an untanked aircraft), and thus was not equipped to spray. It sat unused for a long period, and was frequently scavenged for parts. Later that year George Lovett, Operations Manager for Wheeler, flew it back to St. Jovite where it was stripped for parts and sold as junk. [Don Henry]

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This is very likely the untanked Wheeler TBM #504 FIMU at Fredericton Airport, 1958, together with Skyway and other Wheeler TBMs.

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A close-up of the above image.

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