United States Navy. TBM-3U. Construction #: 2064.
U.S. Forestry Service, Davis, CA. #04. Registered as N104Z 1956-1961.
Aero Insect Control Inc, Rio Grande, NJ. Re-registered as N1044.
N104Z was one of eight TBM-3Us given to the US Forest Service by the Navy in 1956 for borate bomber development. Three images of this TBM were found in the FPL image collection; FPL’s Barney Flieger undoubtedly obtained them from the USFS in his search for a replacement for the Stearman aircraft.
[Sources: images: FPL files; history: W.T. Larkins & R. Turner 2011. Wings of the Forest Service. Warbirds International, Vol. 30 (1): 6-19]
Maritime Air Service Ltd., Moncton, NB
#900 CF-XOM 1969-70
Aerial spray program – NB
1969 – Pilot Steve Tomecek. 1970 – Pilot J.J. Lavigne.
Hicks & Lawrence Ltd, St. Thomas, Ontario #18 CF-XOM 1971-1985
Aerial spray program
1973 – Assigned as a spare in 1973, pilot Martindale, but flew after the crashes of FZTS and FAYL. 1974, 1975, 1977 – Pilot Mereien. 1978 – Pilot Germain. 1979 – Pilots Germaine and Martindale. 1980 – Pilot Martindale. 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 – Pilot Brechin. 1985 – Sold to buyer in US. Deleted from Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry 13 November 1985.
Syracuse Flying Service, Syracuse, KS, Oct. 1985-1988. Registered as N325GT.
Jack Rodgers/Stallion Aircraft Inc, Bensenville, IL, Aug. 1989-1995. Operated by Air Classics Aircraft Museum, DuPage, IL, 1995-1997.
Brian Reynolds/Northwest Helicopters Inc, Olympic Flight Museum, Olympia, WA, Nov. 1997-2002. Flown as Navy/T-88/U.S.S. Wolverine/NAS Glenview. FPL donated some of the above images to this museum where they were used in displays.
Darrel Berry, Camden, TN, November 17, 2011-2014.