Airstrips: Boston Brook, Budworm City, Renous, Rose Hill, Sevogle. No new airstrips were built.
8 Cessna 170s
42 Stearman, no details
Partial list of Stearmans organized by tail/project number – 1954
Central Aircraft Inc., Yakima, WA
Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, Ontario
Marsh Aviation Co. Inc., Mesa, Arizona
Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Quebec
#64 CF-EQV Patapedia, Quebec
Baxter Aircraft Inc, Washington
#55 N62955 Farm Lake, Quebec
Accident: There was only one accident in 1954. “A pilot braked his plane too suddenly to avoid collision with another aircraft, and it flipped over on its back. Wing parts were brought in from Toronto, repairs were made on the spot, and the damaged plane was back in action in five days. The pilot escaped without a scratch.”
In 1953 it was determined that major areas of neighbouring Quebec should also be sprayed. A five-year program of spraying in Quebec was launched, calling for the construction of an airstrip located on the Patapedia River. DDT on 318,000 acres via 14 Stearman [Webb et al. 1961; Blais et al. in Prebble 1975].
In subsequent years, “extensive airstrip construction in Quebec was necessary, with six more fileds — Laverendrye, Nouvelle, Farm Lake, Cap Chat, Pabos and Lesseps — being carved out of the bush. Along with existing airfields at Rimouski, Gaspé, Matane and Murdochville, they came to form an extensive grid of bases, some 30 to 50 miles apart, which covered the entire region.”
Airstrips: Patapedia (Quebec), Horne’s Gulch (New Brunswick)
Also in 1954, the budworm spray program extended south of the border to the forests of Maine. Although the area was small — 20,000 acres — it was considered a threat. The Maine spraying was handled by six Stearman from the Canadian fleet. They arrived at Caribou Airport on June 14, 1954, and finished the job in less than four days. This marked the only spraying in Maine until 1958.