FIMW / Wheeler/Evergreen #506 / Bu# 85928

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. General Motors TBM-3S. Construction #: 2747.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3. BOC: June 30, 1950. SOC: Mar. 6, 1958. Flew as #338.

Wheeler Airlines, St. Jean, Quebec, #506 CF-IMW 1958-1965

Aerial spray program – NB
1958 – Converted to sprayer, painting, etc. by Fairey Aviation, Dartmouth, NS. Flew as part of a fleet of 6 Wheeler and 6 Skyway TBMs. Pilot Mason. 1959 – No operations. 1960-1965 – No records, but very likely flew in NB for these years.

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Wheeler #506 FIMW parked between Wheeler TBMs #501 FIMR (right) and #502 FIMS, Fredericton, 1958.

Wheeler Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec
#506 CF-IMW 1966-1970

Aerial spray program – NB
1966 Pilot Knudson. 1967, 1968 – Did not fly in NB. 1969, 1970 – Pilot Marcoux.

Wheeler TBMs on ground. #506 FIMW at left, #501 FIMR at right

Wheeler TBM #506 FIMW parked, location and date unknown.

Evergreen Air Service, Roxboro, Quebec
#506 CF-IMW 1972-1975

Aerial spray program – NB, Quebec
1971 – Did not fly in NB. 1972 – Flew in NB and Quebec in 1972. Pilot Kelly. 1973, 1974, 1975 – Pilot Kelly.

Crashed 10 June 1975. (a.m.) TBM #506 FIMW piloted by Dean Kelly and contracted by Evergreen Air Services crashed and burned in the early morning just after take-off approximately ½ mile west of Chipman Airstrip (this detail comes from the FPL Annual Report, but Don Henry writes that it was 1 mile east). Kelly sustained temporary back injuries. The aircraft was destroyed and was later scrapped after stripping for useable parts. After a very cool night, FIMW had frost on the upper wing surfaces, and although the pilot had gotten it airborne, he could not maintain altitude or airspeed.

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FIMW accident report summary received by Fredericton Airport control tower, courtesy Barrie MacLeod.

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