Airstrips: Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Juniper, Taxis, Grog Brook, Nictau, Renous, Sevogle. Kesnac was built after the spray season for 1960 project.
– 52 USA
– 17 Canada
Because of the success of the 1957 operation, the program in 1958 was cut back to 2,588,000 acres. This was the first year that the TBM Avenger was used in the spray program.
Wheeler is principal contractor from now on.
Partial list of Stearmans organized by tail/project number – 1958
Farmers Air Service, Klamath Falls, Oregon (2)
Piller Air Service (1)
Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, IN (4)
Quaadman Dusters, Corcoran, CA (4)
Farm-Air Company? (6)
Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury CN (4)
Marsh Aviation Co. Inc., Mesa, AZ (14)
Hammer Crop Dusters Inc., Sacramento, CA (6)
Mid Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc., Hayti, MO (5)
Flying M Company (5)
On list, but no project numbers assigned and no aircraft registrations listed.
Twinn Pest Control – Canadian? (1)
Northcana Ltd., Toronto, ON (1)
Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, ON (3)
Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU (7)
Airspray Ltd., Wetaskiwin, AL (2)
Bradley Air Services, Carp, Ontario (5)
Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, ON (4)
Skyway Air Services Ltd., Langley, BC (2)
Accident. Apparently a Stearman owned by Joe Hammer suffered damage during an accident, date, location and registration not known. According to a letter from Art Seller of Skyway Air Services to Barney Flieger of FPL (February 4, 1959), Skyway “paid Joe Hammer to pick up the wrecked machine and take it to California at a cost to us of $600 plus the additional cost of sending a truck and a man down to Sacramento to bring it back to Langley.” Skyway thought that they should have been paid “return trip ferry time for the aircraft.” Seller also complained that letters to Wheeler Airlines had gone unanswered, and that payment for the project had not yet been received.
Flieger wrote back on February 9 that he believed that Sellers would not get any payment for the wrecked machine from Wheeler, the reason being that Wheeler could not recover it from the spraying authorities. Flieger stated that FPL cannot become financially involved with crashed aircraft as such aircraft are covered by insurance. By prior agreement FPL had decided to pay ferry costs only on aircraft that flew back home.
DDT and 760,000 acres, 47 Stearmans and 7 TBMs. [Webb et al. 1961; Blais et al. in Prebble 1975] Airstrips used were Farm Lake and Pabos (Webb et al. 1961).
Biologists announced that the budworm population had collapsed, and that no more spraying was needed. The five-year Quebec program was over.
“Skyway Air Services Ltd. of Langley B.C. operated a number of Boeing Stearman for fighting forest fires. A group of them worked from the Bear Creek airstrip on Harrison Lake in 1958. Due to the success of the operations in 1958, by the spring of 1959 operators had equipped up to 18 aircraft with firebombing tanking systems including 5 Beavers, 5 Avengers, 5 Stearman, 2 Junkers and 1 Husky.” [Gord Bell, 2011]
Maine launched its second budworm spray program in 1958, with 302,000 acres in northeastern Aroostook County sprayed. The project was carried out by Simsbury Flying Service of Simsbury, Connecticut, with a fleet of eight TBMs for large areas and two Stearmans for use around irregular boundaries. FPL did not supply the aircraft for the Maine job but instead supplied DDT.