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 Maybe you have anecdotes, unpublished lists and reports, images or other memories or insight to this interesting period in our aviation history.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.