1966

… Working on it …

New Brunswick

Aircraft
28 Cessna
22 TBM-3e
2 Snow Commander (CF-RTW, #48, pilot Lawhon and CF-RTX, #49, pilot Myers)
2 Ag-Cat (CF-UOF, #51, pilot Schmidt and CF-UOG, #52, pilot Laird)
55 Stearman
– 43 USA (mostly 1966 only)
– 12 Canada (mostly 1966-1969)

1 Helicopter. The helicopter was used for sampling in hard-to-get spots before spraying began and in biological surveys, but is not identified.

This was the first use in New Brunswick of Grumman Ag-Cats and Snow Commanders for aerial spraying. They were particularly suited for operating on river sides and stream borders, in pairs.

Active Airstrips: Chipman, Dunphy, Fredericton Airport, and Juniper (TBMs); Taxis (25 Stearmans) and Trout Brook (30 Stearmans)

“Formations of five Stearmans using the same aerial flagging as the T.B.M.s and flying straight line swaths replaced the 14-year-old system of spraying natural boundary blocks in pairs while under partial surveillance.”

The “Stearman spraying group consisted of a leader radio equipped, and four others in either V or echelon formation in which the individual aircraft would be laterally separated approximately 6 wing spans or 200 ft.” Pilots were reluctant to fly in the V formation, which was the formation the Company preferred. “Without breaking formation it was possible to fly Stearmans in this way in terrain too hilly for close contact T.B.M. spraying.” [Flieger, B.W., 11 Nov 1966. Aerial Forest Spraying Operations 1966, Forest Protection Limited, Campbellton, N.B.]

Stearmans moved into Juniper to cove the hilly terrain there, and a small amount of spraying was also conducted out of Dunphy late in the project. Stearmans also took part in an experimental use of insecticides out of Dunphy.

Calibration of all aircraft was “started on May 19, 1966, at Dunphy Airstrip and continued until June 4, 1966. The scene of the operation had to be moved to Juniper Airstrip when Stearman pilots complained about landing on asphalt.” [See reference under list below]

Stearmans organized by tail/project number – 1966

[From: Forest Protection Limited 1966 Project: Report on Aircraft Calibration. R.E. Hanusiak, August 25, 1966. FPL Files]. Barney Flieger was not interested in recording the identities of the spray aircraft, but Rudy E. Hanusiak jumped right in with that info in his calibration reports.

Stearmans were calibrated for a flow rate of 20 gallons per minute, which resulted in a 200 foot swath, 100 m.p.h. airspeed, and an application rate of 0.5 gal. per acre.

The calibration report did not identify the Stearmans by company, so some information was gleaned from photographs from the FPL files and from other sources. Amazingly, 43 of the Stearmans worked only in 1966; all these were American, the remaining being Canadian.

The list below provides the Stearman registration, project number, and pilot’s name, plus many details of the calibration results. The many gaps in the project number system probably indicate a different company, but correct identification is still not total. Contributing to the gaps were the Snow Commanders, #48 and #49, and the Ag-Cats, #51 and #52.

#1 N53458, unk, 1966 only, pilot Swartley

No details.

#2 N61980, unk, 1966 only, pilot Strange

Registered as N61980. Operated for Canadian Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966; sprayer code 2. Registration cancelled 28Oct71. By 1964, owner was C.L. Warmack, Tallahassee, Fla.

#3 N5809V, unk, 1966 only, pilot Dannel

No details.

#4-10 not used

#11 N1323N, Farm-Air Company, West Sacramento, Calif., PILOT MARY

1957-58, 1966 as N1323N / 1967-1969 as CF-VOB. A complicated history under several Canadian and U.S. registrations.

25290 (MSN 75-2779) Registered as N1323N. Farm-Air Company, West Sacramento, Calif. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick in 1957 as #103, in Quebec in 1958 as #103 and in 1966 as #11.

Registered as CF-VOB. General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, Ontario. Operated for Canadian spruce budworm spray program 1967-69; sprayer code 76. One of three Stearmans was used to spray FENITROTHION pesticide in the Burchell Lake and French Lake areas of northwestern Ontario 6-18 June 1969. Operated on floats.

#12 N49366, Farm-Air Company to 1966, pilot Bailey

3008 (MSN 75-3522) Registered as N49366 to Farm-Air Company, West Sacramento, Calif. Operated for the Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1957 as #102 and 1966 as #12. Registration cancelled 26Apr67. Registered 1967 as CF-UWK to Hicks and Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, Ont.

#13 N5435V, unk, 1966 only, pilot McGlochlin

No details.

#14 N56471, West Side Crop Dusters, Five Points, Calif., 1966 only, pilot Loomis

26 April 1967, Civil registration, N56471, cancelled.

#15-25 not used

#26 N56671, unk, 1966 only, pilot Dorador

#27-28 not used

#29 N3935B, Lukins Flying Service, PECOS, TEXAS, 1966 only, pilot Bernard

Floyd M. “Luke” Lukins, Pecos, Texas 61052   (MSN 75-5174) ex USAAF 42-17011. Registered as N3935B. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966; sprayer code 29. Registration cancelled 12May75.

#30 N64812 Lukins Flying Service, Pecos, Texas, 1966 only, pilot Greenhill

Floyd M. Lukins, “Luke” Pecos, Texas. To unknown owner in 1967.

#31 N9727H, unk, 1966 only, pilot Aydelott

To unknown owner in 1956, then to Lukins Flying Service in 1970. IMAGE, spraying, 1966, Don McKnight

#32-40 not used

#41 CF-UCB, Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, Ont., 1966-1969, pilot Howling

Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet s/n 75-2764 built in 1941. The bi-plane served with the U.S.A.A.F. as the PT-18 41-25275. After being withdrawn from use with the United States Army Air Forces the aircraft was registered N49948 in the USA. In 1965, the aircraft was imported in Canada and registered CF-UCB. In Canada, the aircraft was operated as #41 for Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, Ontario. On 27 May 1966, the aircraft was involved in an incident at Taxis Airstrip, New Brunswick. Civil registration N49948 was cancelled by 1965.                

#42 CF-UCC, Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, Ont., 1965-1969, pilot Sandham

Was N5812N (Henry Holyfield, Sikeston, Missouri)

Accident: 27 May 1966, Taxis Airstrip, N.B, Pilot William A. Sandham, age 34, Commercial Pilot Licence No. C-6256. Operator: Sandham Air Service (No Commercial Operator No.). Pilot “failed to compensate for wind. Groundlooped during crosswind landing. During the landing roll in crosswind conditions, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft. The aircraft Groundlooped into wind and tipped onto its left wingtip. Damage: Substantial. Injuries Nil.” [Dept. of Transport Accident Card] SHOW CARD

#43-49 not used

#50 CF-SEK, Evergreen Air Services Ltd., Roxboro, Quebec, 1965-1966, pilot RON Beckon

7957 (MSN 75-1516) Accepted by USAAF 20Jun41. Registered as N60232. Mid Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc., Hayti, MO. Registration cancelled 9Apr65 on export to Canada. Registered as CF-SEK. Twinn Pest Control, Toronto, Ontario. Subcontracted to Wheeler Airlines. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1958 as #50. Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec as #65. Subcontracted to Wheeler Airlines. Operated for Canadian spruce budworm spray program 1966-68 as #65. Substantially damaged during a low-level spraying operation when the engine failed and collided with trees during the forced landing about 8km south of Charlo, New Brunswick 1Jul68.

#51-58 not used

#59 CF-KQB, Hicks and Lawrence, Ltd., Ostrander, Ont., 1966-1969, pilot O’Rourke

Was N60486 (E75, 75-255) while in USA. To H&L as CF-KQB by 1966.

#60 CF-ULY, Hicks and Lawrence, Ltd., Ostrander, Ont., 1966-1969, pilot Martindale

[2 images 1966]

#61 CF-EQS, Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Que., 1960-1962, 1966-1969, 1972-1973, Pilot Beauvais

Was N49669 in 1951. Acquired by Wheeler in 1952.

#62 CF-EQT, Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Que., 1960-1962, 1966-1969, pilot Girard

27961   (MSN 75-3235) ex USAAF 41-25738. Delivered to US Navy Jun42. Registered 1948 as N21967. Registered 20 Oct 1952 as CF-EQT. Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, Quebec. Operated for the Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1953-58 as #62. Substantially damaged during aerial application spraying crops when the pilot failed to maintain directional control during takeoff, ran off the runway into wet, soft ground at an airstrip near Napierville, Quebec 30 Jul 1958. Wheeler-Northland Airways Ltd., St. Jean, Quebec. Operated for the Canadian budworm spray program 1966-68 as #62. Evergreen Air Services Ltd., Roxboro, Quebec. Noted in external storage at Fredericton, New Brunswick [Aug 1975].

#63 CF-EQU, Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Que., 1960-1962, 1966-1969, 1972-1973, pilot GASTON St. Pierre

#64-66 not used

#67 CF-EQY, Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite, Que., 1960-1962, 1966-1969, PILOT MCGRORY

#68-70 not used

#71 CF-FBD, General Airspray Ltd., St. Thomas, Ont. 1966-1970, pilot ROC Hodgins

Image at AV 1966

#72-76 not used

#77 CF-FRZ, General Airspray Ltd., St. Thomas, Ont., 1966-1969, pilot STEVE Tomechek

Image at AV 1967.

#78 CF-GAR, General Airspray Ltd., St. Thomas, Ont., 1952-1955, 1957-1958, 1966, destroyed 1967, pilot TED Stenton

Destroyed in Quebec 27 May 1967.

#79 not used

#80 N52135, unk, 1966 only, pilot Morris

By January 1964, To John W. Huie, Gideon, Missouri with new c/r N52135. 52576 (MSN 75-8758) ex USAAF 42-109725. Registered as N52135. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966 as #80.

#81 N63910, Farm Air Service, Tallulah, Louisiana, 1966 only, pilot North

By 1964, to G. H. Ferguson, Springfield with new c/r N63910 (A75, 75-3662). 37915 (MSN 75-3662) Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966 as #81.

#82 N1363V, unk, 1966 only, Pilot Harris

Operated as #82 for the 1966 Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program, New Brunswick.

#83 N1074N, Farm-Air Co., West Sacramento, Calif., 1954-1958, 1966, pilot Grant

By 1955 to Farm-Air Company, West Sacramento, Calif., with new c/r N1074N. No confirmation of owner in 1966.

#84 N61860, unk, 1966 only, pilot Johnson

8625 (MSN 75-2184) Registered as N61860. Operated as #84 for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966.

#85 N69623, unk, 1966 only, pilot Goodman

No details.

#86 N52968, Holyfield Flying Service, Sikeston, Missouri, 1966 only­, pilot JOHN S. Kenny

By 1964 To Tri-State Aircraft Company Incorporated, Helena, Montana, with new c/r N52968. Destroyed in accident in N.B. 18 June 1966 (D.O.T. Accident Card), operator Holyfield Flying Service, incorporated in 1966 under Henry J. Holyfield. Born March 29, 1933, in Sikeston, Holyfield the was owner and operator of Holyfield Flying Service for 27 years and from 1968 to 1978, he was manager of Sikeston Municipal Airport.

Accident:
Pilot was John S. Kenny, age 52, U.S. Commercial Licence 355693. “Pilot ran aircraft into propeller wake which caused loss of control at a height too low for recovery. Improper training and supervision of flight – command pilot (formation leader) failed to provide adequate briefing and instruction to crews of other aircraft in formation. Loss of control in the air. 5 aircraft were flying in stepped-up echelon formation and making a 180 deg turn when the accident aircraft went out of control. Aircraft crashed into trees while in a steep left bank and struck the ground in a 45 deg nose-down attitude and 90 deg back. Damage: Destroyed. Injuries: Serious.” [Dept. of Transport Accident Card] See also the NTSB accident report. SHOW CARD

#87 N1528M, unk, 1966 only, pilot Tillman

43599   (MSN 75-8693) ex USAAF 42-109660. Registered as N1528M. Took part in the Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick in 1966 as #87.

#88, N64926, Roane Flying Service, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 1966 only, pilot Taylor

1966, to Roane Flying Service, Jeanerette, LA, keeping c/r N64926. Flew in N.B. as #88. The registration number for this Stearman was missing from the list, but it was identified from the tail number in an image by Don McKnight.

#89 N75661, unk, 1966 only, pilot Janes

No details.

#90, N52014, unk, 1966 only, pilot Vickers

No details.

#91 not used

#92 N2535R, Aero Insect Control Inc., Cape May County Airport, Rio Grande, New jersey, 1966 only, pilot McKesson

1951, to Aero Insect Control Inc, Cape May County Airport, Rio Grande, NJ with new c/r N2535R. 1957, leased to Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, CT. To Aero Insect Control Inc, Cape May County Airport, Rio Grande, NJ keeping c/r N2535R. Crashes in New Jersey 1964 and 1967.

#93 N60723, Aero Insect Control Incorporated, Rio Grande, New Jersey, 1966 only, pilot smith

To Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, CT with new c/r N60723., 11 April 1957, Certificate of airworthiness for NR60723 (A75N1(PT17), 75-4338) issued. January 1964, to Aero Insect Control Incorporated, Rio Grande, NJ keeping c/r N60723.

#94-95 not used

#96 N58065, Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, Conn., 1950s and 1966, pilot hazlett

Registered as N58065. Medford Air Services, Medford, Oregon. Operated for Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1953 as #100. Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, CT. Operated for Canadian spruce budworm spray program 1955 as #102. Operated for Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program 1957-58, 1966 as #96. See 1953.

#97 not used

#98 N55099, Jenkins Aerial, Winnie, Texas, 1966 only, pilot schumann

By 1964, To Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, CT with new c/r N55099. To Jenkins Aerial, Winnie, TX, keeping c/r N55099.

#99, N60330, Conn Aerial Spray Company Inc, Cedar Lake Road, Chester, Conn., 1966 only, pilot ziemba

By 1964, to Conn Aerial Spray Company Inc, Cedar Lake Road, Chester, Conn. with c/r N60330 (A75N1 (PT17), 75-3875).

#100 not used

#101 N61419, W.F. Whitney, Liberal, Kansas, 1966 only, pilot Gordon

By 1964, To Dale M. Johnson, Seminole, TX with new c/r N61419. By 1966, To W. F. Whitney, Liberal, KS keeping c/r N61419.

#102 N65013, Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, Conn., 1966 only, pilot Shucks

By January 1964, To Joseph A. Shucks, Fort Worth, Texas, with c/r N65013.

07195   (MSN 75-6799) [By 1966?] Registered as N65013. Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, Conn. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966 as #102.

Tail/project numbers end at #102 and begin again at #401

#401 N1614M, unk, 1966 only, pilot K. Tillman

Images from Juniper airstrip, N.B., by Don McKnight, 1966

#402-407 not used

#408 N55898, Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, Ind., 1966 only, pilot Hopper

[image 1961?]

#409 not used

#410 N57958 unk, 1966 only, pilot Boudreaux

Registered as N57958. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966 as #410.

#411 N61322 Mid Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc., Hayti, Missouri, 1966 only, pilot amos

1964 to Mid-Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc, Hayti, Miss. with new c/r N61322 (A75N1 (PT17), 75-1635). 1967 To J. Warren Grant, Vanduser, Missouri.

#412 N64590, Mid-Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc., Hayti, Missouri, 1966 only, pilot Mathews

[Your Assistance is Needed: The FAA quotes the Boeing construction number as 75-75007. This is not a valid number. If you know the true identity of this airframe, please share your information with Aerial Visuals.]

By 8 September 1964 to Mid-Continent Aerial Sprayers with new c/r N64590. By 1 April 1967 to unknown owner.

#413-419 not used

#420 N60601, Odom Dusting Service Inc, Bradley, Ariz., 1966 only, pilot Campbell

By 1964 To Orville M. Odom, Bradley, AR with new c/r N60601.

#421 N3995B, Odom Dusting Service Inc, Bradley, Ariz., 1966 only, pilot Guffey

22 October 1971, To Odom Dusting Service Inc, Bradley, AR with c/r N3995B (E75, 75-5803). [No details on first owner, 1960s.]

#422-423 not used

#424 N60255, Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, Conn., [#97 in 1957 and 1958], 1966, pilot Knudsen

Modified as Super Stearman IB75A. Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, CT. Operated for Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program 1966 as #424.

#425 N9386H, Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury, Conn., 1966, pilot Reeves

Sprayed in N.B. in the 1950s under two tail numbers. No details on 1960s, but presumed to be with Simsbury.

#426-439 not used

#440 N61117, unk, 1966 only, pilot Baker

April 1960 to Corbett E. Baker, Clarksdale, MS with new c/r N61117.

38342  (MSN 75-7963) Registered as N61117. Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program New Brunswick 1966 as #440.

#441 N9719H, Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, Ind., 1966, pilot Toler

Operated 1955-1957 as #53 and #26 for Hammer Crop Dusters and Ueding. From 1957 to 1966, To Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, Ind. Non-fatal accident spraying in New Brunswick in 1966.

#442 N62465, Fess Flying Service, Elaine, Arkansas?, 1966 only, pilot Bragalon

By 1964, To Fess Flying Service, Elaine, AR with new c/r N62465.

#443 not used

#444 N50093, Bil Ray Air Services, Batesville, Mississippi, 1966 only, pilot McGraw

By 1966, to Bil Ray Air Services, Batesville, MS keeping c/r N50093. Destroyed in 1967.

#445-449 not used

#450 N75361, Marsh Aviation Co. inc., Mesa, Ariz., 1966, pilot Bowen

Flew in N.B. for Marsh as #269 in 1957. 13 May 1959, Certificate of airworthiness for NR75361 (A75N1(PT17), 75-4866A) issued.

Operated for Canadian Forest Protection Limited spruce budworm spray program in New Brunswick in 1966.