N7229C / Hemet Valley #71 / Bu# 86195

Warbird Registry
Aerial Visuals

Early History

United States Navy. TBM-3E. Construction #: 3014.

Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA
#E71 N7229C 1959-1971

Aerial Spray Program – NB
1971 – Pilot Chase.

Hemet Valley TBM #71 N7229C, probably in California. [R.W. Kamm photo, August Horvath Photography]
Tanker 71 Hemet CaA Mar 1967
Hemet Valley #71, Hemet, California, March 1967.

Forced landed in field due to engine fire and destroyed at Ojai, California, 30 August 1971, while firebombing. The accident is summarized from the NTSB report, number LAX72FUQ16 at Aerial Visuals: There were no fatalities. Incident occurred at 16:30 hours. The airframe was destroyed. The flight departed from Paso Robles, CA, with the destination as Goleta, CA. The engine failed or malfunctioned while cruising. There was a fire or explosion in flight while circling in the traffic pattern. There was complete power loss in the failure of one engine. The emergency circumstances included; forced off-airport landing on land.

N7229C HVFS #71_OjaiCA_Aug1971
A new photo from Bob Forbes of Hemet Valley FS #71 N7229C that crashed near Ojai, CA in August 1971. Pictured [is] the pilot John Chase.  [Posted 3 June 2015 to TBM’s – Mil & Civil by Phil Schmidt]

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