CF-MXN / Skyway/Conair #619 / Bu# 53632

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3S. Construction number 3694.
Royal Canadian Navy. AS 3M. Flew as #309 and 307 for Squadrons VS 880 and 881. BOC: July 25, 1950. SOC: July 5, 1960.
Canadian Collieries Resources, Vancouver, BC. 1965-1966 – CF-MXN. Did not spray in NB.
Weldwood of Canada Ltd., Vancouver?, BC. No number. CF-MXN 1965. Did not spray in NB. [Weldwood is a manufacturer of wood products with several sawmills in British Columbia and elsewhere. It was founded in 1964.]
Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC. #619 CF-MXN. Did not spray in NB.

FMXN while with Weldwood, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 1966. [William T. Larkins]
Detail showing company name. [William T. Larkins, from an almost identical b&w image of the same aircraft as above]
Skyway #619 FMXN at Abbotsford BC, 28 June 1969. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]

Conair Aviation Ltd., Abbotsford, BC
#619 CF-MXN 1969-1973

Aerial Spray Program – NB, Quebec
1969 – Pilot Mehlhaeff. 1970 – Pilot Zimmer. 1972 – Flew in Quebec. Pilot Grosenick.

Fire Control, British Columbia
1971 – Pilot Eric Dean Kelly. Crashed into the Thompson River near the Kamloops Airport, BC, 31 July 1971, after power loss after takeoff from Kamloops. Recovered and repaired.The Department of Transport accident card states: “After taking off for water bombing, [the] pilot turned to the left and was flying parallel to [the runway] when [the] engine began to run rough and seconds later lost power. Realizing he would not be able to turn back to the airport, he landed on the river. A small pleasure boat took [the] pilot to shore. A/c was carried downstream a short distance then sank in 15′ of water.”

1972 – No records.

1973Crash. Pilot William Garry Richards “struck a high tree after making a water-bombing drop”, Moyie Lake, BC (in the Kootenay Mountains), 19 Aug. 1973. “Unable to control and land the aircraft, the pilot left it by parachute.” Damage was substantial.

CF-MXN 1973

Conair #619 FMXN at Fredericton, 23 May 1970. [Barrie MacLeod]
71 Conair T619 FMXN
Conair #619 dropping retardant in BC in 1971. [Gord Bell]

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