CF-DFC #81, later #14
Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4895
[reserved; Northern Aircraft] 1946.02.05 to 1949.02.14. Registered as Stearman from 1953.03.05 to 1970.07.16. (NCCAR)
Flew in New Brunswick: 1955, 1956, 1957
Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia / Became N61GP. Detailed NCCAR history HERE.
1958 – Crashed near Boundary Bay Airport, Delta, BC, 20 June 1958. According to the Department of Transport accident card, the “pilot selected [an] unsuitable area for landing and turned over after hitting [an] electric fence.” The damage was substantial: the prop was bent, and the left upper panel was damaged at tip fin and rudder. Pilot F. Legrice was not injured.
There is a very nice black-and-white image of CF-DFC by Brian Baker in the Ed Coates Collection.
1942 Boeing Stearman Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), #75-4528, 42-16365
Stearman PT17 from 1953.02.13 to 1971.10.12. (NCCAR)
Flew in New Brunswick: 1952, 1957, 1958
Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia/ Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia.
After military service this Kaydet was first registered as N9634 and later as CF-DQL (in Canada). Full military serial 42-16365. c/n 75-4528. Constructed as a A75N1 by Boeing. Circa 1942 – Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 42-16365.
Flew with Skyway Air Services Ltd. of Langley and Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, British Columbia as CF-DQL #82.
Accident 1: 13 June 1958, 15 km northeast of Grand Cascapedia, Quebec, while spraying. Pilot W.J.B. Moffat, Comm. 7418, 24 years. “Aircraft apparently stalled during turn when pilot was required to climb slightly higher than normal to avoid the leader’s slipstream and clear the terrain. Aircraft mushed into trees after completing turn.” The damage was substantial and was noted as “probably uneconomical to repair.” Pilot Moffat was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]
Accident 2: 8 July 1960, Chilliwack, British Columbia, at 7:15 PST, while undertaking an agricultural spray flight. Pilot Alfred James Roberts (Commercial Licence VRC-7649) of Skyway Air Services Ltd. took off at 0700 h from Chilliwack on a “local cropspraying flight”. At about 0715 the engine failed at low altitude while spraying a field near the Chilliwack fairgrounds. The pilot executed a forced landing on the recently ploughed Chilliwack racetrack. As soon as the brakes were applied, the wheels dug in and the aircraft overturned, causing substantial damage. Pilot Roberts was not injured. The engine failure was caused by water in the fuel tank. [DOT Accident Report, Serial No. 1201] “Inadequate preflight inspection. Failure to check for water contamination. Insufficient fuel. Recently disked field was unsuitable for landing.” [Department of Transport accident card]
To unknown owner with c/r N9634 (A75N1 (PT17), #75-4528). To Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, Macon, Georgia. Markings Applied: 365. To National Museum of the United States Air Force Loan Program. Loaned to WR-ALC/MU, Robins AFB, Georgia
Present Location: Became N9634. Now restored to full military colours and suspended in the centre of the Eagle Hangar at the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, Georgia, USA. 18-4-2013. See Wikimedia Commons and Air Britain.
1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2789
First registered as N62638. Owned as a Canadian Stearman from 1953.02.13 to 1962.09.26. (NCCAR)
Flew in New Brunswick: 1953, 1957, 1960
Owner: Bradley Air Services Ltd. Carp, Ontario; Northcana Ltd.?
Accident 1: 6 June 1953, Budworm City airstrip, New Brunswick. Pilot Alexander MacDonald, Comm. Licence C-6758. Pilot “missed setting a course for the airstrip three times because of darkness so tried to find a place to carry out landing. Found a field but did not see fence, hit it and this turned aircraft over.” Damage was substantial, but the pilot was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]
Accident 2: 0615 h EST, 9 August 1961 3 miles west Mount Brydges, Ontario. Operator: Northcana Limited. Thomas Harvey Martindale (Comm. Licence YZC-8315), age 22, of St. Thomas, Ontario, was crop spraying when the engine failed, resulting in a forced landing. The aircraft had been issued a Certificate of Airworthiness, and the only item mentioned was a discrepancy in the fuel sight-gauge. Martindale had flown 400 hours in his career, with 80 hours on CF-DQP in the 90 days prior to the accident.
CF-DQP departed Mount Brydges at 0525 h. After about 45 minutes, the engine began to lose power and Martindale made a forced landing in a tobacco field. The fuel filter drain-cock had been left open and the engine had failed because of fuel exhaustion. It was found that the fuel sight-gauge had been damaged by a bird strike on the previous day. It had been removed and a standard A.N. plug was used to seal the opening in the bottom of the fuel tank. [DOT Accident Report, Serial No. 1433]
Boeing Stearman E75N1 (PT-13D), #75-8164
First registered as N9083H. Canadian-owned from 1953.02.27 to 1963.01.22. (NCCAR)
Flew in New Brunswick: 1957, 1960
Owners: Bradley Air Services Ltd., Carp, Ontario / Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec.
Accident: 19 June 1955 4 miles south of Nouvelle Airstrip, Quebec, due to engine failure, while crop dusting for Bradley Air Services. Pilot E.A. Waters, SC166, was not injured, but the damage to the aircraft was substantial. [Department of Transport accident card]
Boeing Stearman A75N1, 75-8688
First registered as N1520M. Canadian-owned from 1953.02.27 to 1954.05.27, written off. (NCCAR)
Flew in New Brunswick: 1953
Owner: Bradley Air Services, Carp, Ontario, owner Russ Bradley.
Accident: 18 June 1953 at Charlo Airstrip, New Brunswick. Pilot Boyd Ross Shaw, SC-125. The aircraft stalled on a test flight while on approach to land. Damage was substantial but pilot Shaw was not injured.