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Conair article by Robert Stitt














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Conair Douglas A-26 Fleet History

Fate/Disposal needs updating

 

Fleet No.

Final Reg.

C/n

History

[USAAF/USAF Overseas Service]

Fate/Disposal

320

C-FKBM

27415

A-26B-45-DL 44-34136: del USAAF Feb 15, 1945; [8thAF, Europe Mar-Jul 1945]; also B-26B, TB-26B &TB-26C; stored AMC & SOC Jul 1958. N8017E: LB Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL. Donaire Inc, Phoenix, AZ 1966-69 (‘C32’); TW Hammon, Phoenix, AZ. CF-KBM: Kenting Aircraft Ltd, Toronto, ON Aug 1972. Conair Aug 1973 (Natural).

To Air Spray (1967), Ltd, Red Deer, AB 1985.

 

321

C-FBMR

7072

A-26B-15-DL 41-39359: del USAAF Nov 14, 1944 [9thAF, Europe Nov 1944-Aug 1945; 3rd BG(L), Japan & Korea Nov 1953-Feb 1956]; also B-26B; stored AMC Feb 1956; SOC Nov 1957. N91281: Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA 1966-69. CF-BMR: Conair Mar 1970.

Departed for Victoria for Jerry C Janes, Jan 24, 1987, pilot Don Troutman. N26BP: Bob Pond, Eden Prairie, MN 1987.

322

C-FBMS

18504

A-26B-10-DT 43-22357: del USAAF Oct 3, 1944 [9thAF, Europe Oct 1944-Aug 1945]; also TA-26B & TB-26C; stored AMC Feb 1956; SOC Oct 1957. N91348: Hamilton Aircraft Inc, Tulsa, AZ 1966-69 (allocated to Força Aérea Portuguesa but not delivered); Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA. CF-BMS: Conair Apr 1970.

Departed for BC Aviation Museum, Sidney, BC Aug 28, 1989, pilot Rod Boles.

323

CF-FBV

27886

A-26B-61-DL 44-34607: del USAAF Jul 27, 1945; also TA-26B & TB-26B; stored AMC Jul 1957; SOC Jun 1958. N8395H: Stahmann Farms Inc, Las Cruces, NM 1966-69 (stored with Hamilton Aircraft at Tucson). CF-FBV: Conair Jun 71 (NM).

Lost Aug 7, 1974 near Clinton, based Smithers.

323

C-GHLK

27592

A-26B-50-DL 44-34313: del USAAF Apr 9, 1945 [3rd BG(L) & 17th BW(L), Japan & Korea Jun 1951-Feb 1953]; also B-26B & B-26C; stored McClennan AFB Dec 1953; SOC Dec 1957. N5457V: Aero Atlas Inc, Red Bluff, CA 1959 (‘27’); Hillcrest Aircraft (Wilson Aviation Industries), Lewiston, ID 1963 (‘A20’); Butler Aviation, Redmond, OR 1966-69 (‘F16’). C-GHLK: Conair Apr 1975

Departed for Reynolds Aviation Museum, Wetaskawin, AB Apr 11, 1987, pilot Rod Boles. To Don Crowe, Victoria, BC. To Canadian Warplane Heritage, Mount Hope, ON.

324

CF-DFC

7111

A-26B-15-DL 41-39398: del USAAF Nov 27, 1944 [9thAF, Europe Dec 1944-Sep 1945; 3rd BG(L), Japan & Korea Nov 1952-Jul 1956]; also B-26B & B-26C; stored AMC Feb 1957; SOC Nov 1957. N91317: Allied Aircraft Sales, Phoenix, AZ 1966; Flight Enterprises Inc, Prescott, AZ 1969. CF-DFC: Conair Jun 1971 (NM).

Landed short and damaged Prince George Aug 10, 1971. Lost Aug 11, 1974 Stoyoma Mountain near Boston Bar returning to Williams Lake from Abbotsford, based Smithers.

324

C-GHLM

18820

A-26C-15-DT 43-22673: del USAAF Feb 27, 1944 [8thAF, Europe Mar 1944-Jul 1945]; also B-26C & TB-26C; stored AMC Jul 1956; SOC Apr 1958. N9159Z: Blue Mountain Air Services, La Grande, OR; Hillcrest Aircraft Company, La Grande, OR 1963 (‘F24’); Butler Aviation, Redmond, OR 1966-72 (‘F18’). C-GHLM: Conair Apr 1975 (NM).

Lost Jul 2, 1975 Gates Lake near Pemberton, BC.


 


325

C-FMSB

28719

A-26C-35-DT 44-35440: del USAAF May 9, 1945 [17th BW(L), Japan & Korea Apr 1953-Feb 1954]; also B-26C; ]. Armée de l’Air Feb1954-Oct 1955. Stored Clark Field, Philippines Oct 1955; SOC Dec 1956. N6838D (Consort 26): Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, KA 1966-71; Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA 1971. CF-MSB: Conair Jun 1971.

Departed for USAF Museum, Travis AFB as A-26B of 9thAF Sep 27, 1988 pilot Rod Boles.

 

326

C-FAGO

28735

A-26C-35-DT 44-35456: del USAAF Apr 17, 1945 [12th AF, Mediterranean, Apr-Jul 1945; 67th TRW, Japan & Korea Jul 1951-Jun 1956, Dragon Lady]; also B-26C & RB-26C; stored AMC Jul 1956; SOC Apr 1958. N330WC: Western Contracting Corp, Sioux City, IA 1963-69; Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA 1972. CF-AGO: Conair Jul 1972 (NM).

Landed short and broke off left main gear Ft. St. John Apr 14, 1980. To Air Spray (1967), Ltd, Red Deer, AB 1984.

327

C-FKBZ

29031

A-26C-45-DT 44-35752: del USAAF May 31, 1945; also B-26C & TB-26C; stored AMC Apr 1958; SOC Aug 1958. N8627E: The Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, KA 1966; Donaire Inc, Phoenix, AZ 1969; TW Hammon, Phoenix, AZ 1970. CF-KBZ: Kenting Aircraft Ltd, Toronto, ON 1972. Conair Aug 1973.

Departed for Canadian Warplane Heritage, Mount Hope, ON Jan 15, 1988 pilot Rod Boles. N81797: Courtesy Aircraft, Rockford, IL. Vern Rayburn, Geneseo, NY.

328

C-GHCF

27799

 

A-26B-61-DL 44-34520: del USAAF Jun 22, 1945 [728th BS, 452nd BG & 17th BW(L), Japan & Korea Apr 1951-Jul 1952, Marion B and Margie II]; also B-26C; stored AMC Feb 1957; SOC Jul 1958. N9420Z: AS Wilstrom Inc, New York, NY 1963-72. C-GHCF: Conair Apr 1974.

Departed for Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc, Greybull, WY Oct 22, 1988, pilot Rod Boles. N94207, rereg. N126HP.

329

C-FFJG

27871

A-26B-61-DL 44-34592: del USAAF Jul 28, 1945; also TA-26B & TB-26B; stored AMC Dec 1957; SOC Jul 1958. N8631E: Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, Kansas 1966; Consolidated Aircraft Parts Corp, Los Angeles, CA 1969; DA/Pro Rubber Inc, Van Nuys, CA 1972. CF-FJG: Mercury Flights, Edmonton, AB Apr 1973. Conair Jun 1974 (NM).

Lost Sep 29, 1974 at Abbotsford Airport, BC. Fire in port engine after take-off.

329

C-GHLI

27702

A-26B-56-DL 44-34423: del. USAAF Jun 4, 1945 [3rd BG(L) & 17th BW(L), Japan & Korea May 1951-May 1953]; also B-26B, B-26C & B-26B; stored AMC Jul 1957; SOC Jan 1958. N9594Z: Stahmann Farms Inc., Las Cruces, NM 1960-72; Victor W Newman 1972-75. C-GHLI: Conair Mar 1975.

Lost Jul 1, 1984 to fire at Williams Lake airport. To local scrap yard. To Aero Nostalgia in 1990 for static rebuild as B-26C for Fairchild AFB, WA.

330

C-GHCE

18799

A-26C-25-DT 43-22652: del. USAAF Feb 12, 1944 [9thAF, Europe Feb 1944-Aug 1945]; also B-26C & TB-26C; stored AMC Feb 1958; SOC Jul 1958. N8018E: LB Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL; Aerojet General Corp, Azusa, CA 1967-72. C-GHCE: Conair Jun 1974 (NM).

Landed gear up Williams Lake Aug 7, 1974 after actioning fire caused by loss of tanker ‘323’. Departed for USAF Museum, Travis AFB as A-26A Jul 18, 1988, pilot Rod Boles.

331

C-GHCC

29172

A-26C-50-DT 44-35893: del. USAAF Jun 27, 1945 [3rd BG(L) & 17th BW(L), Japan & Korea Aug 1952-Nov 1956]; also B-26C; stored AMC Nov 1956; SOC Mar 1958. N4812E: Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, KA; Consolidated Aero Export Corp, Los Angeles, CA 1969-72; Wells Aircraft. C-GHCC: Conair May 1974 (NM).

To Air Spray (1967), Ltd, Red Deer, AB 1984.


 

332

C-GHLX

29227

 

A-26C-55-DT 44-35948: del direct to Reconstruction Finance Corp, Kingman, AZ Oct 26, 1945; disposed Dec 1945. N67164: Stanolind Oil & Gas Co, OK 1954. N1244: Pan American Petroleum Corp, Tulsa, OK 1961-63. N910H: Nine-Ten Corp, Chicago, IL. N161H: Motorola Inc, Scottsdale, AZ 1969. Grumman Ecosystems Corp, Bethpage, NY Aug 5, 1970-Sep 5, 1974. Associated Products, Cape May, NJ 1974-75. C-GHLX: Conair Jul 1975.

To Air Spray (1967), Ltd, Red Deer, AB 1987

55

CF-CDD

28602

A-26C-30-DT 44-35323: del USAAF Mar 30, 1945 [8thAF, Europe Apr-Jul 1945; 67th TRS, Japan & Korea Jun 1951-Dec 1954]; also RB-26C; stored AMC Dec 1957; SOC Jul 1958. N8026E: LB Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL. Kreitzberg Aviation Inc, Salem, OR 1966. Aeroflite Inc, Troutdale, OR 1969. Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA 1969. CF-CDD: Conair May 1970 (leased).

N8026E Aero Union 1970-72. William Dempsey, East Wanatchee, WA 1975-77. Don Goodman, Missoula, MN 1977. Lester Risley, Anchorage AK 1978. Don Rogers 1979. Air Museum, Chino, CA

n/a

n/a

6903

A-26B-15-DL 41-39190. N9404Z: Moseley Aviation Inc.

Reported as spares airframe but no record of being received

 

Notes

A.      Aircraft indicated as issued to 8thAF, Europe more likely served with the 9thAF.

B.       AMC: Arizona Aircraft Storage Branch (Air Materiel Command), Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

C.       NM: aircraft remained in natural metal finish throughout Conair service.































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