United States Navy. TBM-3E. Construction #: 2702.
Ralph M. Ponte, Visalia, CA, 1963-1966. Registered as N6825C. Operated by Cal-Nat Airways, Grass Valley, CA, 1963-1967. Flew as tanker #E37.
Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA
#E37 N6825C 1969-1972
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1971 – Flew as #37. Pilot Payton.
Crashed 4 September 1971, pilot Richard Ranck was dropping Firetrol retardant on fire near Placerville, CA, when the air tanker collided with trees and crashed. Richard Ranck did not survive. NTSB Report.