Canadian Stearmans, and Canadian Civil Registry

Images of some aircraft that participated in the New Brunswick spruce budworm spray program are provided below, together with a brief history. I have also expanded this list to include other spray or fire bomber Stearmans in Canada. Unfortunately, there are no images available for many of the aircraft.

Some of the historical information is scattered and incomplete, but what there is I present below. Some of it may actually be wrong. Sources include the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register (CCAR), which has records only as far back as 1982; the Archives Search at Library and Archives Canada, for the earlier material, including Department of Transport (DOT) accident reports; Aerial Visuals; Airport-Data.com; and the Airframes Database at Aerial Visuals.

1) CF-Dxx

C-FBYI [See CF-VOB]

CF-DFC #81, later #14

  • Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4895
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1955, 1956, 1957
  • Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia / Became N61GP.

CF-DQL #82

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4528
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1952, 1957, 1958
  • Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia/ Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

CF-DQP #73

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2789
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1953, 1957, 1960
  • Owner: Bradley Air Services Ltd. Carp, Ontario; Northcana Ltd.?

CF-DQU

  • Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-xxxx
  • Did not fly in New Brunswick.
  • Owner: Skyway Air Services, Langley, British Columbia

CF-DZC #72

  • Boeing Stearman E75N1 (PT-13D), #75-8164
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1960
  • Owner:

CF-DZT

  • Boeing Stearman A75N1
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1953
  • Owner: Bradley Air Services, Carp, Ontario, owner Russ Bradley

2) CF-EQx Wheeler

CF-EQS #61

  • Boeing Stearman E75 (PT-13D), #75-1728
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1953, 1957, 1958 (Wheeler), 1966, 1967, 1968 (Wheeler-Northland), 1972, 1973 (Evergreen)
  • Owners: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec / Wheeler-Northland Airways, St. Jean, Quebec / Evergreen Air Services, Roxboro, Quebec

CF-EQT #62

  • 1943 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17B), #75-3235
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958 (Wheeler), 1966, 1967, 1968 (Wheeler-Northland)
  • Owners: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec / Wheeler-Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec / Evergreen Air Services Ltd, Roxboro, Quebec

CF-EQU #63

  • 1943 Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17B), #75-2568
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957 (Wheeler), 1966, 1967, 1968 (Wheeler-Northland ), 1972, 1973 (Evergreen)
  • Owners: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec / Wheeler-Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec / Evergreen Air Services, Roxboro, Quebec

CF-EQV #64

  • Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4372
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957 (Wheeler), 1966, 1967, 1968 (Wheeler-Northland)
  • Owner: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec / Wheeler-Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec

CF-EQW #65

  • 1943 Boeing Stearman E75N1 (N2S-5), #75-8514
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec

CF-EQX #66

  • Boeing Stearman
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner: Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec

CF-EQY #67

  • 1940 Boeing Stearman Kaydet, A75 (PT-13B), #75-085x
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958, (Wheeler) 1966, 1967, 1968 (Wheeler-Northland)
  • Owners: Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec / Wheeler-Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec

3) CF-Fxx

CF-FBD #71

  • 1949-51? Boeing Stearman N2S-5? (PT-13D?), #75-8279
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957 (Bradley) and 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970 (General Airspray)
  • Owners: Bradley Air Services Ltd., Carp, Ontario / General Airspray Ltd., St. Thomas, Ontario.

CF-FBU #20 #83

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2195
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1952 as #20 and 1957 as #83, according to the 1957 list
  • Owner: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia

CF-FBV #19

  • 1940? Boeing Stearman A75 (PT-13), #75-2196/3250??
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1952
  • Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Conair Aviation Ltd, Box 220, Abbotsford, British Columbia

CF-FRW #76

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman B75N1 (N2S-3), #75-7560
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner: Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, Ontario

CF-FRY #75

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman B75N1 (N2S-3), #75-7272
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1954, 1957, 1958
  • Owner:

CF-FRZ #77

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-3423
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958 (Leavens), 1966, 1967, 1968 (General Airspray)
  • Owner: Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, Ontario / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario / Sams Discount Warehouse, Glen Meyer, Ontario

CF-FWV

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-0523
  • Did not spray in New Brunswick.
  • Owner: Skyway Air Services Ltd.

4) CF-GAR, CF-HKZ, CF-Ixx, CF-Jxx

CF-GAR #22, #78

  • 1941? Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-1059
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958 (Leavens), 1966 (General Airspray?)
  • Owner: Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, Ontario / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario?

CF-HKZ #80

  • Boeing Stearman
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner:

CF-IAD #68

  • 1936 Boeing Stearman 75 (PT-13), #75-xxxx
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner: Harrington Airspray; Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta

CF-IBA #74

  • 1943? Boeing Stearman E75N1 (PT-13), #75-5052
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1960
  • Owner: Bradley Air Services Ltd., Carp, Ontario

CF-JCH

  • Stearman A75N1
  • Did not fly in New Brunswick.
  • Owner: Skyway Air Services

CF-JLS #84

  • Boeing Stearman
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957
  • Owner: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia

CF-JOU #60

  • Stearman A75 (PT-13), #75-7582
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1958
  • Owner: Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ontario (Commercial Operator #3620)

CF-JRK

  • Boeing Stearman A75 (PT-13), #75-6470
  • Did not spray in New Brunswick.
  • Owner: Hicks and Lawrence Ltd (operator in 1957, according to Department of Transport accident card); Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta

5) CF-Kxx, CF-Lxx, CF-Mxx, CF-Oxx

CF-KPX, C-FKPX

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-1702
  • Did not spray in New Brunswick.
  • Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Harrington Air Services Ltd., Industrial Airport, Edmonton, Alberta

CF-KQA

  • Boeing E75
  • Flew in New Brunswick?
  • Owner: Wheeler Air Lines

CF-KQB #59

  • 1944 Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75 (PT-13B), #75-255
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1966, 1967, 1968
  • Owners: Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ontario / AgAir Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia / Central Aviation Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta (Norman Rix) / Byron Reynolds, Wetaskiwin, Alberta / Reported at Reynolds Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

CF-KQJ #54

  • 1943? Boeing Stearman E75 (PT-13), #75-5739
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1958
  • Owner: Northcana Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

CF-LOA

  • Boeing Stearman B75N1
  • Did not fly in New Brunswick.
  • Owner: Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta

CF-LOB #69

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman B75N1 (N2S-3), #75-1836
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1968
  • Owner: Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, Alberta

CF-MMB [see CF-VOB]

CF-MSB

  • 1942 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4854
  • Did not spray in New Brunswick.
  • Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia

CF-OMH #2

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2043
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1968
  • Owners: Evergreen Air Services, Roxboro, Quebec / Peter Sleeman, Richmond, British Columbia.

CF-OMM

  • Boeing Stearman E75
  • Did not fly in New Brunswick
  • Owner: Evergreen Air Services

6) CF-Sxx, CF-Uxx

CF-SEK #50, later #65

  • Boeing Stearman
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1966 (as #50), 1967 and 1968 (as #65)
  • Owner: Evergreen Air Services

CF-SIQ #3

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2493
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1968
  • Owner: Walker Flying Services, Edmonton, Alberta

CF-UCB #41, C-FUCB, N49948, D-EDLL

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2764
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1966, 1967, 1968
  • Owner: Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, Ontario; Mid-air Canada Ltd, Commercial Operator #5284, Norwich, Ontario

CF-UCC #42, C-FUCC, N5812N

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman E75 / A75N1 (PT-17), #75-852
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1966, 67, 68
  • Owner:

CF-ULY #60

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-3403.
  • Constructed as a N2S-4 by Boeing with USN BuNo 29972.
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1966, 1967, 1968
  • Owner: Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ontario

CF-UWK #xx, N49366

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), #75-3522
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1967, 68
  • Owner: General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario / Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ontario / Now at Reynolds Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta (Byron Reynolds).

CF-UWL #13

  • Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-12351?
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1967, 1968
  • Owner: Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ontario / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario

CF-UWM #14, C-FUWM

  • Boeing Stearman B75N1, #75-912x?
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1967, 1968
  • Owner: Hicks and Lawrence? / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario

7) CF-VOB #76, C-FBYI, CF-MMB, N1323N

  • 1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2779
  • Flew in New Brunswick: 1967, 1968
  • Owner: General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario / Sportair Ltd., Coldstream, British Columbia (Rhys Perraton)

8) Unidentified Canadian Stearmans

CF-xxx #22

Owner: Agriculture Aviation Service

CF-xxx #50

Owner: Twinn Pest Control Co.

CF-xxx #26

Flew in New Brunswick: 1968

Owner: ?

CF-xxx #73

Owner: Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU

9) Canadian Civil Aircraft Register Listings

The number of Stearmans in Canada, according to the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register (Transport Canada) is a lot more than listed under just Stearman. Stearmans are also listed under their model type: Model 75, NS-1, N2S, PT-13, PT-17, PT-18, PT-27 (the Canadian version), A75 and A75N1, B75 and B75N1, E75 and E75N1.

The remaining spray Stearmans (bold), plus a few others (not bold, xx), on Canadian Civil Registers 1962, 1970, 2004, 2006 and 2015.

Registration19621970200420062015In NB
CF-DFCXX   1968
CF-DQLXX   1952, 1957-58
CF-DQPX    1957, 1960
CF-DQUX    xx
CF-DZCX    1957, 1960
CF-EQSXX   1953, 1957-58, 1966-68, 1973-73
CF-EQTXX   1957-58, 1966-68
CF-EQUXXXX 1957, 1966-68, 1972-73
CF-EQVX    1957, 1966-68
CF-EQWX    1957-58
CF-EQX     1957-58
CF-EQYXXXX 1957-58, 1966-68
CF-FBDXX   1957, 1960, 1966-68, 1970
CF-FBUXX   1952, 1957
CF-FBVXX   1952
CF-FRWX    1957-58
CF-FRYX    1954, 1957-58
CF-FRZXX   1957-58, 1966-68
CF-FWVXXX  xx
CF-GAR     1957-58, 1966
CF-HKZ     1957-58
CF-IAD     1957-58
CF-IBAX    1957, 1960, 1970?
CF-JLS     1957
CF-JOUX    1957-58
CF-JRKX    xx
CF-KPXXX   xx
CF-KQBXXXXX1966-68
CF-KQJX    1958
CF-LOBX    1968
CF-MSBXX   xx
CF-OMHXXX  1968
CF-SEK     1965-68
CF-SIQXX   1968
CF-UCBXX   1966-68
CF-UCCXXXX 1966-68
CF-ULYXXXX 1966-68
CF-UWKXXXX 1967-68
CF-UWLXX   1967-68
CF-UWMXXX  1967-68
CF-VOBXXX X1967-68

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Canadian Stearmans, and Canadian Civil Registry

  1. Hi there,

    CF-FWV was owned by Skyways Aviation as indicated by your site, and remained in the Seller family until last month when the late Art Seller’s son, David, donated the Stearman to the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport, BC. The Canadian Museum of flight intents to return CF-FWV back to flying status and display it at local airshows. I have photos of its current condition if you’re interested.

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  2. My father died on June 20th 1957 about 3 miles south of Budworm City. He was flying a Stearman for Medford Air Service. His name was Elwyn Gail Behnke. Any info on the crash or any pictures would be helpful . It will be 60 years this June that he was killed in the crash

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  3. My father died in a Stearman crash 6/20/57 about 3 miles south south west of Budworm City. His name was Elwyn Gail Behnke. He was flying for Medford Air Service. Any info or reports would be helpful

    Thank you

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  4. My brother Don and I owned. CF. KPX for over twenty years we put in a. Continental. 220. Fantastic aircraft The previous accident had a Pratt 450 the lower left engine mount firewall bolt failed on takeoff in Grand. Prairie Stan Mc Leod was flying. Clarke. Watson.

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  5. CF. UWL. CF. UWK. We’re owned for several years by. Don. Misky Alberta. Central Airspray. Stony Plain. Alta I maintained thes e aircraft for many years for. Don UWL flew home from a job on 8 cylinders and a broken connecting rod. One summer Clarke. Watson.

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