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Bureau #: 64041
Construction #: 2111
Civ. Reg.: N6453C, C-GFFI,
  N85U
Model: PBY-6A
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1992
History:
Leo J. Demers, Salem, OR, 19??.
- Registered as N6453C.
Rosenbalm Aviation, Medford, OR, circa 1959.
Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA, 19??
B.B. Burson Associates Inc, Columbia, CA, 1963-1966.
- Flew as tanker #E54.
Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA, 1968-1978.
- Flew as tanker #E4, #54.
Flying Fireman Lt, Victoria, BC, May 1979.
- Registered as C-GFFI.
- Flew as tanker #9.
Flying Fireman Inc, Spanaway, WA, Mar. 1986-1988.
- Registered as N85U.
- Flew as tanker #85.
Awood Air Ltd, Spanaway, WA, 1988-1989.
Flying Fireman Inc, Spanaway, WA, 1990-1992.

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Serial #: 67936
Construction #: CV-483
Civilian Registration:
  CF-IFW
  N3202
  C-GFFC
Model(s):
  PBV-1A
  OA-10A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy?
Last info: 2004
  History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-33972.
Registered as CF-IFW by ??, 19??.
Northern Wings Ltd, Quebec, Quebec, 1965.
Universal Air Leasing Co, Grand Blanc, MI, 1969.
- Registered as N3202.
Flying Fireman, Victoria, BC, June 1975-1988.
- Registered as C-GFFC.
- Flew as tanker #6.
Awood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC, 1988-1989.
Robert P. Schlaefli/SLAFCO Inc., Moses, WA, 1991-2004.

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Serial #: RCAF11096
Construction #: CV-441
Civil Registry:
  CF-IHN
  C-GFFD
Model(s): PBV-1A
Name: None
Status: Crashed
Last info: 1984
History:
Delivered to RCAF as RCAF11096.
- BOC: June 23, 1944.
- SOC: Oct. 4, 1946.
Northern Wings Ltd, Quebec, Quebec, 1965.
- Registered as CF-IHN.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, 1970-1984.
- Registered as C-GFFD, May 1975.
- Crashed, Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 14, 1984.

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Serial #: RCAF9750
Construction #: 427
Civ. Reg.: CF-DIL, C-FDIL
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1989
History:
Registered as CF-DIL by ??, Mar. 1946.
Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite Station, Quebec, 1965.
Wheeler Northland Airways, St. Jean, Quebec, 1970.
Ilford Riverton Airways, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1972-1973.
- Registered as C-FDIL.
Can Air, Vancouver, BC, 1974-1981.
- Flew as Fisherman's Special.
Flying Fireman, Victoria, BC, 1983-1988.
- Flew as tanker #5, later #775.
Atwood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC, 1988-1989.

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Bureau #: 46644
Construction #: 2008
Civil Registry:
  N6458C
  C-GFFH
  EC-359
  EC-EVK
Model: PBY-6A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 1992
History:
Farmers Air Service, Klamath Falls, OR, 1963.
- Registered as N6458C.
Liston Aircraft, Klamath Falls, OR, 1963-1966.
- Tanker #F46.
Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA, 1969-1978.
- Flew as tanker #E83.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, May 1979-1988.
- Registered as C-GFFH.
- Flew as tanker #8 (later #778).
Atwood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC, 1988-1989.
ICONA, Cuatro Vientos, Spain, 1989.
- Registered as EC-359.
Servicios Aereos Espanoles SA - SAESA, Cuatro Vientos, July 5, 1990-1991.
- Registered as EC-EVK.
- Operated by ICONA.

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Bureau #: 46596
Construction #: 1960
Civilian Registration:
  N6070C
  N45998
  CF-FFW
  C-FFFW
Model: PBY-5A, Super Canso
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1989
History:
Registered as N6070C by ??, 19??.
Registered as N45998 by ??, 19??.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, 1968-1988.
- registered as CF-FFW.
- Registered as C-FFFW, 1981.
- Flew as tanker #4 (later #774).
- Sank Silver Lake, Ontariom May 1984.
- Recovered and returned to service.
Awood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC, 1988-1989.

 
Bureau #: 63996
Construction #: 2066
Civil Registry:
  N6456C
  C-GFFJ
Model: PBY-6A
Name: None
Status: Wrecked
Last info: 1981
History:
Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA, 1962-1966.
- Registered as N6456C.
- Flew as tanker #E38.
Jack R. Ulrich, Chiloquin, OR, 1969.
Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA, 1972-1978.
- Flew as tanker #E84 (later #84).
- Damaged by fire on ground, Stockton, CA, 1977.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, June 1980.
- Registered as C-GFFJ.
- Flew as tanker #9.
- Crashed and destroyed during water pick-up, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, July 12, 1981.

 
Bureau #: 46522
Construction #: 1886
Civil Registration:
  N5585V
  CF-FFA
  C-FFFA
  N2172N
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2002
History:
Summer Institute of Linguistics, Glendale, CA, 1963-1966.
- Registered as N5585V.
Jungle Aviation & Radio Service, Waxhaw, NC, 1969.
Richard L. Rude/Flying Fireman, Sidney, BC, 1972.
- Registered as CF-FFA.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, 1977-1988.
- Registered as C-FFFA.
- Flew as tanker #7 (later #777).
Awood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC, 1988-1990.
Erickson Group Ltd, Beaverton, OR, Jan. 1990-1992.
- Registered as N2172N.
Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook, OR, 2002.

 
Bureau #: 46602
Construction #: 1966
Civilian Registration:
  N6071C
  CF-FFZ
  C-FFFZ
  N4NC
  N607CC
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1990
History:
Registered as N6071C by ??, 19??.
Flying Fireman Ltd, Sidney, BC, 1970-1986.
- registered as CF-FFZ.
- Registered as C-FFFZ, 1981.
- Flew as tanker #3 (later #773).
Wilson C. Edwards, Big Spring, TX, Mar. 1986.
- Registration N4NC reserved but not taken up.
AP Inc, Auburn, CA, June 1986-1990.
- Registered as N607CC.
USNAM, NAS Pensacola, FL, 1990.
- Displayed as 46602/45-P-3.
FL Aircraft Leasing Corp, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 1991-1992.