C-GOBK N17930 / Air Tankers/Norfolk #B19 / Bu# 69531

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3. Construction number 2270.
U.S. Forestry Service, Beltsville, MD, registered as N179Z. There a very nice colour image of N179Z for sale at AirlineFan.com.
Seeley Flying Service, Newcastle & Casper, WY, registered as N17930.
Air Tankers Inc, Newcastle, WY. Flew as #B19 N17930 1970-1972. Did not fly in New Brunswick.

USDAF TBM N179Z at Baltimore, MD, early 1960s. [The National Archive of Transport Travel and Trade]
Norfolk TBMs #B19 and #B16 at Simcoe, Ontario, 1973, still with their US registrations. [Paul Schaaremann]

Norfolk Aerial Spraying, Fredericton, NB
#B19 C-GOBK 1974-1978

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1974 – Pilot Falkowski. 1975, 1976, 1977 – Pilot Vallee. 1978 – Pilot Zwarts.
Crashed 30 May 1978. TBM GOBK contracted from Norfolk and based at Juniper crashed and burned near Albright’s Corner near Minto. Pilot Lou Zwarts lost his life.

C-GOBK crash_30May1978-RReynolds2
C-GOBK crash, 30 May 1978. Kindly contributed by Rhys Reynolds.
GOBK accident report summary received by Fredericton Airport control tower, courtesy Barrie MacLeod.
GOBK crash article. The rest of the article reads: “… Protection Limited said that there were no further details from FPL. Since the 1978 program began last week another spray pilot was injured when his aircraft plunged into Oromocto Lake during a turn. The wing touched the water.” (This refers to C-FKCL, FPL #9). [courtesy Barrie MacLeod]

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