C-GLEJ N7961C / Sis-Q/FPL #92 #E24 #24 / Bu# 69323

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. Eastern TBM-3 Avenger. Construction number 2062. Delivered as Bu. 69323. BOC: circa 1944. SOC: 19??. Sold at NAS North Island, 1958.

In 2003, Forest Protection Limited requested copies of Aircraft History Cards on seven former U.S. Navy Avenger aircraft currently in the FPL fleet from the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Some of the cards were poorly microfilmed, and are presented below as received.

First USN aircraft history card for BuNo 69323, 1945 to 1947.
Second USN aircraft history card for BuNo 69323, up to 1948.
Third USN aircraft history card (new format) for BuNo 85460.
Fourth USN aircraft history card for BuNo 69323, showing that aircraft was stricken from records in August of 1956.

Daro Inc, San Clemente, CA. Flew as tanker #92 and registered as N7961C, 1963-1970. Damaged substantially in wheels-up landing, Willows, CA, September 19, 1967 [NTSB Report].

N7961C Daro #92 crash_WillowsCA_19Sep1967_NTSB.png

Daro #92 N7961C, location and date unknown. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]
Dan Dineen kindly provided this colour image of Daro #92 parked at Ukiah, CA.
Dan Dineen kindly provided this colour image of Daro #92 parked at Ukiah, CA.

Sis-Q Flying Service Inc., Santa Rosa, CA
#E92 / #E24 N7961C 1970-1974

1974 – Sis-Q sold #E24 to FPL, one of 5 in total. #E24 did not fly in NB while owned by Sis-Q.

Daro Sis-Q TBM#E92_SantaRosaCA_Jan1967_JSherlock
Sis-Q #E92 in front of the Sis-Q hangar, Weed, California, January 1967. [Jay Sherlock, scalefirebombers]
E24, November 1974 [Martin Kyburz, Swiss Mustangs].

Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, NB
#E24 / #24 C-GLEJ 1975-2004

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1974 – FPL purchased #E24 in late1974 for $25,429 from Sis-Q Flying Service Inc., Santa Rosa, California. Did not fly in NB in 1974. 1975 – FPL dry leased GLEJ from Evergreen Air Service Ltd. of Montreal for the 1975 season. Pilot Kirschke 1976 – Dry leased from Evergreen Air Service Ltd. for the season. Pilot McIlwaine. 1977 – Pilot Archer. 1978 – Pilots Jausseran and Wood. Repainted and renumbered (#E24 to #24) to fleet standard after 4 July, 1978. 1979 – Pilot Vallee. 1980, 1981, 1982 – Pilot Kelly. 1983 – Pilot Hiebert. 1984, 1985 – Pilot Westinghouse.

Inactive – NB
1986, 1987 – In storage at FPL.

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1988, 1989, 1990 – Pilot Haden.

Fire Suppression – NB
1991, 1992 – Pilot Lavigne. 1993, 1994 – Pilot Archer.  1995, 1996, 1997 – Pilot Bradley. 1998 – Pilots Bradley and Gomany. 1999, 2000, 2001 – Pilot Bradley. 2002 – Spare, then fire suppression. Pilot Ricker. 2003 – Still operating as firebomber. 2004 – Sold to company in Texas.

Post-spray History

Andrew Donohue, Argyle, TX July 6, 2005-2008. Registered as N124TB. Undergoing restoration to airworthy in Argyle, Texas. David Huffman, Bristow, OK, May 2012. Ferried to Oklahoma. Currently under restoration at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [J. Sublett, 27 May 2012, comment on Web page].

Some Images of FPL’s C-GLEJ

TBMs #E24 GLEJ, #E22 GFPL and #E27 GLEF stored at Fredericton NB, 1976
TBMs #E24 GLEJ, #E22 GFPL and #E27 GLEF in storage at FPL either Fall 1975 or Spring 1976.
The Firefly team #24 GLEJ, #4 GFPR and #12 FMUD, Sevogle, 1985.
TBM #24 probably at Brockway airstrip in 1991.
TBM #24 at Fredericton, 1991.
Practice retardant drop, date unknown.
Loading #24 with water, Brockway, 1993.
Practice retardant drop, location and date unknown.

TBM #24 and the new AT802, April 2001. [Ken Marshall]
TBM #24 airborne.

One thought on “C-GLEJ N7961C / Sis-Q/FPL #92 #E24 #24 / Bu# 69323

  1. Just fyi, this airframe is currently under restoration in Oklahoma City at Wiley Post Airport.

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