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AVENGER/Bu. 53139

Grumman Avenger 53139

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Bureau #: 53139
Construction #: 3201
Civil Registration(s):
  CF-IMN
  N6VC
  Model(s):
  TBM-3S Avenger
  Avenger AS Mk. 3 Avenger
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2011

History:
Delivered to US Navy as Bu. 53139, 1960.
Delivered to RCN as 53139.
- BOC: September 27, 1950.
- SOC: January 30, 1960.
Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC, 1957-1969.
- Registered as CF-IMN.
- Converted to tanker at Victoria, BC, 1958.
- Flew as #605.
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, 1969-1977.
- Flew as tanker #605.
Forest Protection Ltd, Fredericton, NB, 1981-1994.
- Flown as tanker #5.
- Stored, 1990-1995.
Jeff Thomas/Vintage Wings, Seattle, WA, July 1994.
- Delivered by truck, dismantled.
Ozark Management Inc, Rolla, MO, February 28, 1995-1998.
- Registered as N6VC.
Wes Stricker, Rolla, MO, July 11, 1998-2008.
- Restored to military configuration.
- Flown as USN/85715/15.
- Displayed at Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport, TN, 2006
- NOTE: Painted with ID of Stricker's other TBM, N65VC.
Pissed Away N6VC LLC, Bellevue, WA, November 2010-2011.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Federal Aviation Administration, 2011.
Photo Source(s):
C. Adam, forestprotectiontbmavengers.wordpress.com
Martin Kyburz/Swiss Mustangs.
Research Assistance:

C. Adam

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