CF-KCJ / Skyway/Conair #607 / Bu# 53559

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3S. c/n 3621.
Royal Canadian Navy. AS Mk. 3. BOC 23 June 1952. SOC 5 July 1960. Flew as #387.
1960 – The last official flight of an RCN Avenger was flown by Commander (Air) in this Avenger, then a target-tug, BuNo 53559, on 12 June 1960. The Avenger type was finally retired on 5 July 1960. [The Grumman Avenger in the Royal Canadian Navy, Leo Pettipas, p. 148]

RCN Bu#53559 last official flight_ShearwaterNS_13Jun60

Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC
#607 CF-KCJ 1960-1969

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1961 – Tallied by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while en route to NB. FKCJ is still in its RCN target tug plumage. 1962-1965 – No records, but may have flown in NB. 1966 – Pilot Bezik. 1967 – Pilot Hodson. 1968 – Did not fly in NB.

CF-KCJ Skyway #607_MontrealQU_1961-LMilberry-c
CF-KCJ Skyway #607 in Cartierville, Quebec, 1961, still with its target-tug stripes. [Larry Milberry]

Post-spray History

Conair Aviation Ltd., Abbotsford, BC.

1969 – Crashed Sumas, Washington, 9 May 1969. A summary of the NTSB accident report can be found at Aerial Visuals: “Summarized NTSB narrative from report number SEA69D0264: There were no fatalities. Incident occurred at 15:00 hours. The damage was substantial. This was a local flight from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. The engine failed or malfunctioned while turning around. Collided with trees while on final approach to land. There was complete power loss in the failure of one engine. The emergency circumstances included; forced off-airport landing on land. Report remarks include: Practice spraying mission…”

According to the Department of Transport accident card below, the pilot suffered facial lacerations, and the damage to the TBM was substantial.

Note – The number 607 was reassigned to CF-AGN, which was purchased by Conair in 1972.

Skyway #607 at Abbottsford, BC. [Eric Dumigan, AIRIC]
Skyway TBM #607 spraying in NB.
FKCJ parked, location and date unknown. [Norm Filer, Scalefirebombers]
Posted to FPL Alumni 13Dec14 by Tom Wilson.
Skyway #607 taken from the spotter aircraft. Posted to FPL Alumni 13 Dec 2014 by Tom Wilson.

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