CF-KCH / Skyway/Conair #606 / Bu# 53072

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3S Construction number 3134.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3M. BOC: Aug. 19, 1952. SOC: July 5, 1960. Flew in Squadrons VS 880 and VU 32.

53072 rear
Rear  view of RCN Avenger #53072. Posted by Mike Kaehler‎ to TBM’s – Mil & Civil on 4 Dec 2018.

Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC
#606 CF-KCH 1960-1969

Fire Suppression – BC
1964 – Harold Hawes conducted fire bombing in Smithers, BC, during July and August. [Hazel Clare, pers. comm.]

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1961 – Tallied by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while en route to NB. 1962-1963, 1965 – No records, but may have flown in NB. 1964 – Harold Hawes is recorded as having sprayed in NB. [Hazel Clare, pers. comm.] 1966 – Pilot Hawes. 1967 – Pilot Knights. 1968 – Probably did not fly in NB.

Photographed by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while the Skyway TBMs were en route to NB.
Skyway TBM#606_LAlexander_1961
Skyway TBM #606 as photographed by pilot Linc Alexander (Alexander Linkewich), from the book Firebomber into Hell. Linc was one of seven pilots hired to fly seven Avengers that Skyway had just purchased. This is probably 1960.
Skyway TBM #606 at Abbotsford, BC, 28 June 1969. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]

Conair Aviation Ltd., Abbotsford, BC
#606 CF-KCH 1969-1974

Aerial Spray Program – NB, Quebec
1969, 1970 – Pilot Almond. 1971 Pilot Robb. 1972 – Flew in NB and Quebec. Pilot Paul. 1973 – Pilots Paul and Marsden.

Conair TBM#606 after taking off at Dunphy airstrip, 1969.

“#6 is CF-KCH ex-USN ex-RCN Bu.# 53072 W/O Boston Brook 6 June 74 and #1 is CF-IMI Bu.# 53337 ex-USN ex-RCN warbird NL337GA in 2003 and then in 2007 VH-VTB in Australia.” The “Biz-Jet is CF-KCI [the missing letter from the series FKCF to FKCN – CA] belonging to Irving Oil of Saint John, NB, a big player in the forests of New Brunswick. Wood from Irving’s woodlands built the Mosquito bombers of WW II. They had their own TBM CF-IMO at one time.” [Posted by Barrie MacLeod to TBMs – Mil & Civ, 22 December 2014]
1974 – Crashed on takeoff at Boston Brook airstrip, NB, 6 June, 1974. Pilot G. Richards was unhurt, but the aircraft was destroyed and junked. “The aircraft left the runway during the takeoff and ran into heavy woods”, reads the Department of Transport card below.

Conair TBM #606 FKCH crash site near Boston Brook, 1974.

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