United States Navy. 1945 Eastern (GM) Grumman TBM-3E. Construction #: 3847. BOC: June 1945. SOC: 1957. #53785 was allocated to VA-18A (later VA-125), June 1948, deployed aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea and transferred to the Oakland Naval Air Reserve.
Marsh Aviation Co, Litchfield Park, AZ, 1957-1964. Registered as N7075C. Flew as Tanker #23. Note the curved shape of the tank, present even as far back as 1957; its sister aircraft (N7076C) had a similar tank.
Reeder Flying Service, Twin Falls, ID
#55 N7075C 1966-1977
Aerial Spray Program – NB, Newfoundland
1969 – Flew in Newfoundland in 1969, based on figure below. Pilot not known. 1970 – Did not fly in NB. 1971, 1972 – Pilot Laudert. 1973, 1974 – Did not fly in NB.
Dwight Reimer, Shafter CA, 1979-1980. Flew as “My Assam Dragon”.
Gordon Plasket, King City, CA, 1982.
Stephen Grey, Geneva, Switzerland, 1982. Not delivered.
Robert Pond/Planes of Fame East, Spring Park, MN, 1983-2002.
Believed to be at the Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA. Flown in RN/FAA Avenger Mk. III scheme as JR456/RP. There is an image in the Aircraft Gallery. See Aerial Visuals for more up-to-date info.