United States Navy. 1957 Grumman TBM-3E. Construction #: 4491
Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA, 1963-1964. Registered as N9433Z. Flew as tanker #C56.
Sonora Aviation Inc, Tucson/Carson City, NV, 1966-1969. Damaged during wheels up landing, Carson City, NV, May 27, 1967. See NTSB document below.
Capitol Aire Inc, Carson City, NV, 1970-1972. Flew as tanker #56.
Craig Aero Service, Buttonwillow, CA, 1977.
Stewart Aviation Ltd., Moses Lake, WA
#– N9433Z 1977?-1984
Designated as “33Z” in the FPL working pilot/team lists.
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1981 – Pilots Bumgarner and Cusic. 1982 – Pilot Cusic.
Northwest Warbirds Inc, Kimberly, ID, 1986.
Friends of Long Island Heritage, Muttontown, NY, 1987-1991. Restored for static display by Grumman, Bethpage, NY, 1988-1990.
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, 1991-2002. Displayed as VMTB-624/”113″. An image of their presumed Avenger is here, although it is not identified.
The story of Avenger 91586 is told in an article called “Fire Birds” in D.O.M. (Director of Maintenance), 1 October 2014, written by Giacinta Bradley Koontz.
For more information, see Aerial Visuals.