GFPP N9434Z / Hemet Valley/Hillcrest/FPL #52 / Bu# 86090

Warbird Registry Info.

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3E Avenger. Construction #: 2909.
F.H. Haradon, Goleta, CA, 1963. Registered as N9434Z. Flew as tanker #E52.
Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA, 1963-1964.
Fire Flyers Inc, Reno, NV, 1966.
Sis-Q Flying Service, Montague, CA, 19??.

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TBM #52 N9434Z, as owned by Howard Heradon, at Santa Barbara CA, 11 April 1965. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]

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Sis-Q #52 N9434Z, Santa Barbara CA, November 1966. The Sis-Q name is on the side, otherwise, it looks essentially the same as in the above image. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]

Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA
#E52 N9434Z 1968-1973

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1971, 1972 – Pilot Knudson.

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Hemet Valley #52 at Ryan field, Hemet, CA, 22 June 1973. [Ron’s Archives]

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Hemet Valley #52 N9434Z, date unknown, probably California. TBM #74 N7833C (later GFPN) is behind #52. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]

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Hemet Valley Flying Service TBMs #E52 N9434Z and #E72 N3357G (in back), part of the Ringtail team, Dunphy airstrip, 1971. [Don Henry files]

Hillcrest Aircraft, Lewiston, Idaho
#E52 N9434Z 1973-1976

1976 – Hillcrest Aircraft sold N9434Z to FPL [1976 FPL Annual Report].

Forest Protection Ltd, Fredericton, NB
#52 C-GFPP 1976-1977

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1976 – FPL purchased #52 for $35,520 in March 1976 from Hillcrest Aircraft, Lewiston, Idaho, then dry leased it from Evergreen Air Services of Montreal. Pilot Lapham. 1977 – Pilot Jorgenson.

Crashed 17 June 1977 PM. Avenger C-GFPP #52, property of FPL and piloted by George Jorgenson, experienced loss of power while spraying in Block 37 and crash landed in a wooded area in the Adams Brook area near the South Nepisiguit River (Restigouche County), northern NB. The pilot was unhurt and was later picked up by the search and rescue unit and flown to Charlo Airstrip.

GFPP #52

Don McKnight took this picture of TBM GFPP at Juniper in 1976. Phil Schmidt comments: Looks like a fresh Hillcrest Aircraft paint job on GFPP. Probably was HVFS tanker #52 that went via Hillcrest for overhaul on it’s way to FPL.

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GFPP #52 and GFPR #72 spraying in New Brunswick. Don McKnight, FPL Alumni (fb).

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TBM #E52 crash site beside the South Branch Nepisiguit River, northern New Brunswick, 17 June, 1977.

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