1966

1966

New Brunswick

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

Stearmans moved to Juniper to spray some of the hilly terrain and a small amount of Stearman spraying took place from Dunphy late in the project. Stearman flying for all experimental use was also based from Dunphy. [FPL Report]

“Formations of five Stearmans using the same aerial flagging as the T.B.Ms 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.” [FPL Report]

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]

Aircraft
28 Cessna
22 TBM-3e
2 Snow Commander
2 AgCat
55 Stearman
– 43 USA
– 12 Canada

Accident. 1 Stearman was lost to a non-fatal accident (no details). Apparently this might be #441 N9719H, Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, Indiana.

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]

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.

#1 N53458
#2 N61980
#3 N5809V
#11 N1323N Farm-Air, Simsbury?
#12 N49366
#13 N54335
#14 N56471
#26 N57761
#29 N3935B
#30 N64812
#31 N9727H 1427829442_camera_ios7_ios_7 [Don McKnight image]
#41 CF-UCB Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, ON
#42 CF-UCC 1427829442_camera_ios7_ios_7 Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, ON
#50 CF-SEK Wheeler? Has a stripe along the side
#59 CF-KQB Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, ON
#60 CF-ULY Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., Ostrander, ON
#61 CF-EQS Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU
#62 CF-EQT Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU
#63 CF-EQU Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU
#64 CF-EQV Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU
#65 CF-SEK Wheeler? Has a stripe along the side
#67 CF-EQY Wheeler Air Lines Ltd., St. Jovite, QU
#71 CF-FBD Bradley Air Services Ltd. Carp, ON / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, ON
#77 CF-FRZ Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex, ON / General Airspray Ltd., St Thomas, ON
#78 CF-GAR Leavens Brothers Air Services Ltd., Essex ON
#80 N52135
#81 N63910
#82 N1363V
#83 N1074N Farm-Air Company?
#84 N61860
#85 N69623
#86 N52968
#87 N1528M
#88 N64926 1427829442_camera_ios7_ios_7 Roane Flying Service, Jeanerette, Louisiana [Don McKnight image]
#89 N75661
#90 N52014
#92 N3535R
#93 N60723 Medford Air Services, Medford OR
#94 N60723 Medford Air Services, Medford OR
#96 N58065
#98 N55099 Medford Air Services, Medford OR
#99 N60330
#101 N61419
#102 N65013 Simsbury Flying Services, Simsbury CN?
#401 N1614M 1427829442_camera_ios7_ios_7 [Don McKnight image]
#408 N55898
#410 N57958
#411 N61322 Mid Continent Aerial Sprayers Inc., Hayti, MO
#412 N64590
#420 N60601
#421 N3995B
#424 N60255
#425 N9386H
#440 N61117
#441 N9719H crash 1 / Ueding Flying Service, Vincennes, IN
#442 N62465
#444 N50093
#450 N75361 Marsh Aviation Co. Inc., Mesa, AZ