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 Maybe you have anecdotes, unpublished lists and reports, images or other memories or insight to this interesting period in our aviation history.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