FIMX / Wheeler/Evergreen #507 / Bu# 86098

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. General Motors TBM-3S. Construction #: 2917.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3. Flew as #366. BOC: July 8, 1950. SOC: Jan. 30, 1958.

Wheeler Airlines, St. Jean, Quebec
#507 CF-IMX 1958-1965

Aerial spray program – NB
1958 – Converted to sprayer, painting, etc. by Fairey Aviation, Dartmouth, NS. 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.

Wheeler Northland Airways Ltd, St. Jean, Quebec
#507 CF-IMX 1966-1970

Aerial spray program – NB
1966, 1967 – Pilot Zahorsky. 1968 – Did not fly in NB. 1969 – Pilot J. Fewell. 1970 – Pilot Graves.

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Wheeler #507 at Fredericton, June 1958. (Canadian Forest Service)

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Wheeler #507 spraying over forest, June 1958. (Canadian Forest Service)

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Wheeler TBM #507 FIMX parked with 2 others.

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Wheeler TBM #507 FIMX parked beside a Stearman.

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.

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Wheeler #507 FIMX parked beside # 501 FIMR, 1966.

Evergreen Air Services, Roxboro, Quebec
#507 CF-IMX 1971-1974

Aerial spray program – NB, Quebec
1971 – Pilot Graves. 1972 – Flew in NB and Quebec in 1972. Pilot Gilland. 1973 – Pilot Yaworsky. 1974 – Pilot Becon

Crashed 7 June 1974 on takeoff, Sevogle, NB. The aircraft caught fire and was completely destroyed.

 

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Wreck of FIMX at the side of the recently extended runway at Sevogle airstrip, June 1974, Sevogle, NB. [Dave Ray]

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