United States Navy. TBM-3. Construction number 2318.
Calvin J. Butler, Redmond, OR, 1963. Registered as N9597C.
Johnson Flying Service, Missoula, MT
#D6 / #A16 N9597C 1966-1974
Aerial Spray Program -NB, Newfoundland
Flying as #D6
1969 – Flew in NB and Newfoundland. Pilot Bill Deming. 1970 – Pilot Bill Deming. Barrie MacLeod tallied N9597C, #D6, at the Fredericton airport, 25 May 1970. 1971, 1972 – Pilot Deming.
Flying as #A16
1974 – A renumbered #A16 was one of seven TBMs Johnson Flying Service sold to FPL in 1974-1975.
Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, NB
#A6 / #6 C-GLEM 1974-1985
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1974 – FPL purchased GLEM in 1974 from Johnson Flying Service, Missoula, Montana, then dry leased it from Evergreen Air Services of Montreal. Did not fly in NB in 1974. 1975 – Dry leased from Evergreen Air Services. Pilot Archer. In late June of 1975, FPL provided GLEM and two other TBMs to the NB Department of Natural Resources for fire bombing. 1976 – Dry leased from Evergreen Air Services. Pilot Oswald.
Forced Landing 23 May 1976 AM. TBM #A6 C-GLEM piloted by Ronald Houghton and owned by FPL (out of Dunphy Airstrip) developed a drop in oil pressure and a loss of power. Part way back to Dunphy, the pilot elected to make a forced landing on Highway 123 about 4 miles south of Doaktown. The landing was successful and the aircraft was not damaged. The engine was replaced and the plane flown back to Dunphy.
1977 – Pilot Houghton. 1978 – Flew as #A6. Pilots Porter and Garon. Repainted and renumbered (to #6) to fleet standard (FPL colours) after 4 July, 1978. 1979 – Pilot McLean.
Crashed 28 May 1979 0900 h. TBM GLEM owned by FPL and piloted by Robert McLean of St. Albert, Alberta, caught fire when returning empty from a spray mission and ditched in the Salmon River 10 miles northeast of Chipman. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was considered a write-off for insurance purposes. The aircraft was removed from the river, towed to Fredericton and later Brockway Airstrip, then junked [Don Henry].