CF-Fxx Series

CF-FBD #71

1949-51? Boeing Stearman N2S-5? (PT-13D?), #75-8279

Canadian-owned from 1952.03.10 to 1976.08.19, written off. (NCCAR)

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.

Bradley Air Services

The Canadian Aviation Air and Space Museum Image Bank has two black-and-white images of Bradley CF-FBD #71 on floats here and here.

Bradley Stearman CF-FBD on floats, 1960
Bradley Air Services Stearman CF-FBD #71 on floats, 1960. Possibly in Ontario, and note the absence of spray equipment. [FPL Files]
Bradley Stearman #71 CF-FBD on floats. FPL used FFBD for experimental fire fighting. Flown by Al Breze of Evergreen. {FPL Files]
Bradley Stearman #71 CF-FBD on floats. FPL used CF-FBD for experimental fire fighting. Flown by Al Breze of Evergreen. [FPL Files]

General Airspray

Accident: 8 July 1976, Stauton Road, St. Thomas, Ontario. Pilot Kenneth Towers. “The aircraft left the strip and rolled into a ditch during the takeoff roll.” [Department of Transport accident card]

General Airspray Stearmans parked, late 1950s. CF-FBD #71 is in the foreground. The other one is likely CF-FRZ #77. [FPL Files]
CF-FBD Boeing Model 75 on floats-anot
Not to be outdone, General Airspray also outfitted CF-FBD with floats. [FPL Files]
via Rhys Perraton
CF-FBD #71, 1966, illustrating the OMNR lakeside loading system. [Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, via Rhys Perraton, current owner]

CF-FBU #20 #83

1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-2195

First registered as N53485. Canadian-owned from 1952.04.16 to 1971.10.12. (NCCAR)

Flew in New Brunswick: 1952 as #20 and 1957 as #83, according to the 1957 list

Owner: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia

Accident 1: 12 June, 1953, Budworm City Airstrip, New Brunswick. Pilot John D. Anderson, SC-103. CF-FBU was warming up before conducting spray operations. Tie-downs had been removed from the port side, but the brakes failed to hold and the aircraft pivoted from the still present starboard side tie-down, colliding with the nearby CF-FBV. Pilot Anderson could not get to the cockpit in time to cut the switches. No one was injured, although both aircraft suffered substantial damage. [Department of Transport accident card, one the few that includes two aircraft]

Accident 2: 4 October 1956, near Langley, British Columbia. Pilot J.D. Anderson. The co-ordinates given on the accident card put the crash in the Fraser River north of Langley, but the card does not mention a forced landing in water. “Power plant failure caused a forced landing” while on a spray mission. Damage was substantial but the pilot was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]

Accident 3: 1900 PST, 14 July 1963, near Ladner, British Columbia. Pilot was Ronald Grant McGarrigle, VRC-7620, of Port Alberni, British Columbia (DOT Accident Report, Serial No. 2025; Department of Transport accident card). “During spray operations, the aircraft collided with a television receiving antenna” on a farm house adjacent to the target field. “The pilot then flew the aircraft back to Langley, B.C., and landed.” The aircraft was operated by Skyway Air Services. Damage was minor and was confined to the right lower wing. Pilot McGarrigle was not injured.

Stearmans at airstrip, three more arriving
Skyway Stearman CF-FBU #20 at Budworm City, New Brunswick, 1952. [FPL Files] John Anderson is in the white coveralls. [Tom Wilson]
Skyway Stearmans parked
Skyway Stearman CF-FBU #20, wings removed and tail number altered. CF-FBV is on the left. Probably Budworm City, New Brunswick, 1953 or 1954. [FPL Files] “Both have propeller’s removed. FBV got away after startup, Pilot grabbed the lower wing tip causing it to swing around and collide with FBU damaging the upper and lower port wing panels. John Anderson carried out the repairs and both completed the project and returned to Langley B.C.” [Tom Wilson, personal communication, 31 August 2015]
Stearman CF-FBU at Budworm City, NB, 1952. D.C. Anderson photo.
This photo by D.C. Anderson shows CF-FBU #20 with a high-lift lower wing. Budworm City, 1952. FPL Files.

CF-FBV #19

1940? Boeing Stearman A75 (PT-13), #75-2196/3250

First registered as N49287. Canadian owned from 1952.03.20 to 1964.01.14. Rebuilt and given second serial number, 75-3250. Owned from 1964.01.09 to 1970.08.13, written off. (NCCAR)

Flew in New Brunswick: 1952, 1953

Owners: Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia / Conair Aviation Ltd, Box 220, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Stearmans, Budworm City, NB, 1952. D.C. Anderson photo.
Skyway Stearman #CF-FBV #19, Budworm City, New Brunswick, 1952. [D.C. Anderson photo, FPL Files]
Budworm City – Stearmans on ground. Bauman series 1952.

Accident 1: 12 June, 1953, Budworm City Airstrip, New Brunswick. Aircraft was unmanned. Skyway Stearman CF-FBU escaped from being tied down and crashed in CF-FBV, causing some damage. See the description and the Department of Transport accident card under CF-FBU.

Accident 2: 20 May 1970, 2 miles south of Ladner, British Columbia. Pilot Edwin Sharpe Fossen, VRC-8253. Operated by Conair Aviation. “The pilot was landing at a company strip to pick up spray materials [pesticides]. He felt the ground speed was higher that it should be even though the indicated air speed was normal. Shortly after touchdown, he decided he could not stop in time and elected to overshoot. The aircraft struck a power pole and came to rest in a ploughed field. A quartering tail wind and deep grass on the strip are contributory factors.” Damage was substantial but the pilot was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]

CF-FRW #76

1942 Boeing Stearman B75N1 (N2S-3), #75-7560

Reserved: Leavens Bros. Air Services Ltd. Registered 1952.09.02 until unknown. Imported. First registered as N9921H. Canadian-owned from 1953.04.18 to 1962.08.21. (NCCAR)

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

Reserved: Leavens Bros. Air Services Ltd. Registered 1952.09.02, deleted 1953.05.05. Released. Owned 1953.05.05 to 1962.08.21. (NCCAR)

Flew in New Brunswick: 1954, 1957, 1958

Owner: Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, Ontario

Leavans Stearman parked
Leavens Brothers Stearman #75 CF-FRY, Joe Stone photo, probably 1954. [FPL Files]

Accident: 1 July 1957, Budworm City Airstrip, New Brunswick. Pilot John Leslie Lingham, YZS-567. “The pilot misjudged the approach … landed too far down the runway” and braked too hard, “causing the aircraft to nose over.” Damage was substantial but the pilot was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]

CF-FRZ #77

1941 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-3423

Reserved: Leavens Bros. Air Services Ltd. Registered 1952.09.02, deleted 1953.05.05. Released. Owned 1953.05.05 to 1977.08.15. (NCCAR)

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

Accident: 19 August 1953, 1 mile north of Hanmer, Ontario. Pilot Douglas Worgan, C-6687, flying for Leavans Bros. Air Services, Toronto, Ontario. “After landing, the aircraft collided with a truck.” Damage was minor and the pilot was not injured. [Department of Transport accident card]

There is a nice colour image of CF-FRZ at Airlines.net. Boeing PT-… Kaydet (75). Stearman Cropduster with spray rig, hangared in the late afternoon. St. Thomas – Municipal (YQS / CYQS), August 1969. Gary Vincent.

General Airspray Stearman CF-FRZ at Juniper NB, Jun 1967
General Airspray Stearman CF-FRZ #77 at Juniper, New Brunswick, June 1967. [FPL Files]

CF-FWV

1942 Boeing Stearman A75N1 (PT-17), #75-0523

First registered as N53791. Canadian-owned from 1960.02.18 to current.

Did not spray in New Brunswick.

Owner: Skyway Air Services Ltd

cf-fwv-skyway
I found a poor image of FWV on a German modelling site: Modell Baustudio Rhein-Ruhr which was used in Canada presumably by Skyway as a much-modified glider tug.
cf-fwv-skyway-abbotsford-bc-may-1975
Skyway CF-FWV  at Abbotsford, BC , May 1975. It is not equipped with spray gear. [Source not recorded.]

History:
– Imported to Canada in 1960 as CF-FWV. Flew for Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, British Columbia.
– Registration issued 22 May 1984, cancelled 24 May 1989
– Registered to Can-West Equities Ltd of Langley, British Columbia, 2 June 1989 as C-FFWV.This A75N1 has been acquired by The Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport, Langley B.C. Read about it here. “It was flown by Skyways founder, Art Seller, from Langley for many years. It has been in storage by the family with only brief periods of activity in recent years. David Seller, son of Skyways founder, Art Seller, donated the aircraft to the Museum at a signing ceremony on 3 November, 2016. Accompanying him were several people who were associated with the original Skyways staff.” The museum considers that this Stearman is one of the most historically significant aircraft to come into the it’s collection.The Canadian Museum of Flight intents to return CF-FWV back to flying status and display it at local airshows. [Comment by David McIntosh, 23 Nov 2016.]