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FOUNDED:
January 1946 as Butler Farm Air Company by Calvin J. Butler

GENERAL:
Butler Aircraft is known by its customers as a company that can be relied upon to "do it right the first time". Butler Aircraft operates as a subsidiary of T.B.M., Inc.

COMPANY OPERATIONS:
Butler Aircraft contracts with the USDA-Forest Service for multi-engine aerial firefighting contracts. Butler Aircraft also operates a full service FBO at Roberts Field, Oregon (RDM).

IMPROVEMENTS/INNOVATIONS:
Butler Aircraft was responsible for introducing the B-17 into successful aerial firefighting.

AREAS CONTRACTED:
Wenachee, WA; Medford, Klamath Falls and Troutdale, OR; Fort Smith, AK; Knoxville, TN; Alaska, Michigan and Minnesota.

FLEET:
Two DC-7s, one DC-6, one C-130

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:
26

PERSONNEL SPECIFICS:
Butler Aircraft's most experienced pilot has devoted over 30 years of flying to fighting wildland fires and crop dusting.

CONTACT:
Cal Butler
(541) 548-8166
Fax: (541) 548-0863
E-Mail:
ButlerAcft@aol.com
HOMEPAGE:
http://www.butleraircraft.com/

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Serial #: 44-34313
Construction #:
  27592
Civil Registration:
  N5457V
  C-GHLK
  N119DR
Model: A-26B
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2002
  History:
Aero Atlas Inc, Red Bluff, CA, 1959-1961.
- Registered as N5457V.
- Flew as tanker #27.
First A-26 converted to fire tanker, 1959.
Wilson Aviation Industries, Lewiston, ID, 1963-1964
Butler Aircraft, Redmond, OR, 1966-1975
- Flown as tanker #A20 (later #16)
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, Apr. 1975-1988
- Registered as C-GHLK
- Flown as tanker #23.
Reynolds Aviation Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Apr. 1987-1988
Don Crowe, Victoria, BC, 1989-1990.
Canadian Warplane Heritage, Hamilton, Ontario, 1990-1999.
- Flew as French AF 434313/K/BC-313.
Courtesy Aircraft Inc, Rockford, IL, July 1, 1999.
- Registered as N119DR.
David R. Lane, Poway, CA, July 1999-2002.
- Flown as French AF/434313/K/BC-313.

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Serial #: 43-22673
Construction #: 18820
Civil Registration:
  N9159Z
  C-GHLM
Model(s):
  A-26C
  B-26C
  TB-26C
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1975
  History:
Delivered to USAAF as 43-22673
- To Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, July 1956.
Blue Mountain Air Service, La Grande, OR
- Registered N9159Z.
Hillcrest Aircraft Co, La Grande, OR, 1963-1964.
- Flew as tanke #F24.
Butler Aircraft Co, Redmond, OR, 1966-1975.
- Flew as tanker #F18 (later #18).
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, Apr. 1975.
- Registed as C-GHLM.
- Flew as tanker #24.
- Crashed while fire bombing, Gates Lake, BC, July 2, 1975.

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Serial #: 43-22621
Construction #:
  18768
Civil Registration:
N9161Z
 

History: Constructed A-25C-25-DT Tulsa Oklahoma.

Taken on strength/charge with the United States Army with s/n 43-22621

Then to Calvin Butler as N9161Z

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