GFPN N7833C / Hemet Valley/Hillcrest/FPL #74 #17 / Bu# 91289

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. 1954 Grumman Avenger TBM-3E. Construction #: 4194.

Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA
#E56 / #E74 N7833C 1960-1973

N7833C HVFS #74

 HVFS TBM N7833C #74 making a drop. Posted by Dan Dinneen to TBM’s – Mil & Civil on 3 Oct 2015.

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1972 – Pilot Johnson.

Hemet Valley FS TBM#74 N7833C, 1969

Hemet Valley FS TBM#74 N7833C, 1969.

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Hemet Valley Flying Service TBM #74 (FPL #17), #68 (FPL #15), and #97 (FPL #19), California, 5 June 1973. (Robert L. Lawson, Ron’s Archive)

Hillcrest Aviation, Lewiston, ID
#E74 N7833C 1973-1976

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1972 – Pilot Johnson. 1973-1975 – Did not fly in NB. 1976 –  Hillcrest Aircraft sold N7833C to FPL in 1976 [1976 FPL Annual Report].

Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, NB
#74 / #17 C-GFPN 1976-1999

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1976 – FPL purchased GFPN in March 1976 for $35,520 from Hillcrest Aircraft, Lewiston, Idaho, then dry leased it from Evergreen Air Service. Pilot Tall. 1977 – Pilot Tall. 1978 – Pilot Payton. Repainted and renumbered (#74 to #17) to fleet standard after 4 July, 1978. 1979, 1980, 1981 – Pilot Inman. 1982 – Pilot Fair. 1983 – Pilot Inman. 1984 – Pilot Soden. 19851987 – In storage at FPL. 1988 – Pilot Koerfgen. 1989, 1990 – Pilot Soden. 1991 – Spare. 1992 – Pilots Soden and Annis. 1993-1998 – Inactive, in storage at FPL.

Fire Suppression – NB
1999 – Pilot Wood.

Crashed 1 May, 1999 near Lawrence Station, NB. The pilot received minor injuries. A teardown of the engine was inconclusive regarding the cause of the crash.

“Thank you guys, at the Cal Mil helmet factory. Not my fault, but it was sadly, my last landing in a TBM. Knocked me out, and the helmet took a hell of a hit. But, it saved my butt. Came to, crawled out, and wrote my time down. Good boy John!! NOTE: This TBM had the segregated windshield!!” [Posted by John W. Wood‎ to TBM’s – Mil & Civil 8 Sep 2015.]

Owner (FPL) registered since 1977-05-09. First Certificate of Registration cancelled 1989-02-24. Latest Certificate of Registration Issued: 1996-11-07 Certificate of Registration cancelled 1999 [Canadian Civil Aircraft Register].

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TBM #17 airborne.

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TBM #17 stored for winter at Fredericton, 1982.

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TBM #17 at Brockway airstrip, 1984.

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TBM #17 airborne.

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TBM #17, Fredericton, 1988. The aircraft has just been towed out of the hangar after having received a new paint job.

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TBM #17 at FPL, early 1999.

 TBM #17 crash site and removal, May 1999

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Crash site from air.

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Tim Scott of FPL at wreck.

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The right wing of #17 was removed and used in the restoration of FZYC. The damaged wingtip was replaced with the one from #14 GLEK.

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The nose is picked up.

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The nose is loaded onto an FPL truck.

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