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January 1946 as Butler Farm Air Company
by Calvin J. Butler
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.,
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).
Butler Aircraft was responsible
for introducing the B-17 into successful aerial firefighting.
Wenachee, WA; Medford, Klamath
Falls and Troutdale, OR; Fort Smith, AK; Knoxville, TN; Alaska, Michigan and Minnesota.
Two DC-7s, one DC-6, one C-130
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:
Butler Aircraft's most experienced
pilot has devoted over 30 years of flying to fighting wildland fires and crop dusting.
|Serial #: 44-34313
Last info: 2002
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)
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.
R. Lane, Poway, CA, July 1999-2002.
- Flown as French AF/434313/K/BC-313.
|Serial #: 43-22673
Last info: 1975
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
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.