The 1950s are done!

I made a big push to finish the fifties, i.e., 1952 to 1959, and I am happy to say that they are all done, except for some minor formatting changes. The history of the Stearmans working in New Brunswick is divided into two sections: the fifties and the sixties (with a little bit in the 70s). The fifties has been the most daunting and detail filled portion, with hundreds of Stearmans arriving from across Canada and the U.S., and ended in the Gap Year, 1959, when spraying stopped as Operation Budworm was deemed a success. I’m going to take a break for a while, but I will be adding details to Aerial Visuals in the meantime.

A rearrangement, and an aircraft identified

I have broken up the grouped years in the Timeline and added them into their own years. This is in anticipation of additional material to be added soon.

Recently I accessed the considerable resources of the staff at Library and Archives Canada (LAC, the federal government), which houses a treasure trove of information. A staff member pointed out the location of a series of aircraft accident cards for the years 1949 to 1977. I accessed these and found many Stearman and TBM Avenger cards that detailed accidents, some of which I had not yet heard of. These ranged from minor to serious.

The first cards can be seen in the year 1952, where I have been able to identify the Central Stearman that crashed: N1316N #18!

More to come.

The blog re-awakens – again!

I’ve just published a new page today — Christmas Eve day — one day before my birthday! I’ve started working up individual years in this Stearman spraying budworm history, 1952-1973. “The first Year – 1952” is the name of this first page. It is by no means complete: stay tuned for more additions. I’ve also used galleries for the first time, a feature you will see more of later. Merry Christmas from New Brunswick, and all the best for the New Year.

This blog is re-awakening!

Yes, re-awakening after several months pursuing my other hobby: taking images of insects. I have just added descriptions of accidents that the Canadian Stearmans were involved in during the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. The information came from Department of Transportation Accident Reports acquired from Library and Archives Canada.

Next, I plan to add some of the many images of U.S. Stearmans that worked here in New Brunswick, as soon as I figure out how to do it. Stay tuned.

New Post – Canadian Companies that operated Stearmans

I’ve just added a new post on Canadian companies that provided Stearmans for the budworm spray program. I’ve also added some aircraft that did not spray in New Brunswick. However, this effort only skims the surface: there is a great deal of information to surface yet. Please feel free to contact me by adding a comment. Maybe you have anecdotes, unpublished lists and reports, images or other memories or insight to this interesting period in our aviation history.

New Post! A Stearman Timeline

I’ve just added a new post that outlines the timeline of Canadian Stearman activity, starting in 1952 in New Brunswick and ending in 1973 in New Brunswick and Ontario. Many of the accompanying images come from the flurry of interest in 1952 and 1953, later for the big year, 1957, and some in 1967.

This post is still a draft, so you may find additional information at a later date.

I’ve added camera icons beside individual aircraft to denote that there is an image of it in the current year. I thought for a long time about how I was going to collect these images so that readers could see them easily, and came up with the following: I plan to exhibit these images in a series of company pages.

Stay tuned.

Welcome to the Stearman Archive

Welcome to the Stearman Archive supported by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum (located near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). You will find detailed information about Stearman Aircraft used by Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, as well as information regarding Stearmans that have been used in New Brunswick in aerial application programs from other parts of Canada. From 1952 to 1968, Stearmans were contracted by FPL from all over the United States and Canada.

This is a history of Forest Protection Limited’s association with over 200 Stearman aircraft from the United States and Canada used in the spruce budworm aerial spray program, primarily in the province of New Brunswick. This text is based on FPL’s files and image collection and from many other sources.

This is a work in progress, and will take years to complete, so be patient.

Visit the FPL Alumni Site

Check out our sister site, the TBM archive/blog.