Dennis was kind enough to send me these great shots (at
his own expense) for inclusion into my site, I have added a brief note about him and would like to thank him for his time
and effort in geting these photos to me..........thanks Dennis
A link lead me to your site just now. I am a serious,
aged, plastic modeller and the A-26 has always been a special to me - among several types.
Well done on your site. I glanced at your About Me section
and was a little surprised that you are UK based and have an interest in the A-26 - I didn't read the info very closely yet,
perhaps I would have discovered your mother was on an A-26 base flightpath.
I have a daughter who emigrated from here (Edmonton, Alberta)
to Loughbourough, Leicestershire, UK and because of that I have been fortunate enough to visit Duxford.
Anyway, the photos I am attaching were taken by me at
Edson, Alberta, Canada in September 2003 (I think). I swear the pilot saw me and did a combat take off. I was impressed!
It is scanned from a slide. I also have plenty of slides of another Airspray AC - the pilot let me do a crawl through for
detail shots at a local airshow.
My own interest in military aviation arose, I believe,
when my older cousins built me a balsa wood and tissue fighter of some sort when I was five - then I went on to carve them
myself from solid balsa. (I was five in 1945). Our home was under the flight path of the Winnipeg Airport,
also an RCAF training base - mostly B-25 navagation trainers; I do remember the excitement of a Vampire. And I spent
some summers near Gimli - Harvards galore every morning. Including my cousin later - he was eventually killed on take
off in an imbalanced York here in Edmonton, on a suppy run to the DEW line. I am short sighted so I became an
Engineer. I took flying lessons but I could not see paying all that money for something that only went 100 knots.
So I model (I will attach a photo. - I go from Fokker D VII to modern jets, of which I don't take many photos. So the
A-7 is the best photo I have on file.).
I dispatched the CD by Canada Post this morning.
If I had known it was that easy - as in, the outlet had bubble wrap mailers for CD's ready-to-use - I would have sent
the package two weeks ago. Please let me know that it arrived - give it two weeks.
I do hope you find the photos worthy. Did I tell
you the flight photos aren't that sharp owing to the shutter speed/aperature I used? But the details look good to me.
I presume you can do the captions as needed, but I can do them if you want.
The whole thing probably cost in the order of $40 CDN.
Please just make a donation to a worthy non-religious charity in the UK instead of a remittance to me. How about an
aircraft preservation organization or the RSPCA?
One of Dennis's superb models
Another One of Dennis's models, which won gold in its
class at a recent contest .
The Twenty Nine detailed shots below show C-FZTC at
the Namao Canadian Air Force Base, just outside of Edmonton, in 1994.
Serial #: 44-35857
Last info: 2002
Madden & Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL,
- Registered as N9300R.
Consolidated Air Parts Corp, Los Angeles, CA, 1966-1969.
- Stored unconverted, marked
as NY ANG, Tucson, AZ, 1969.
Forest Patrol Ltd, July 1971.
- Registered as CF-ZTC.
J.D. Irving, 1979.
Air Spray Ltd, Red Deer, Alberta, Aug. 1979-2002.
- Flown as tanker #14, Later #13 "Lucky Jack".
The three shots above were taken at Edson, Alberta,
Canada in September 2003
Serial #: 44-35444
Miss Red Deer
Last info: 2003
Vance Roberts, Seattle, WA, 1963-1969.
Registered as N7656C.
Air Spray Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta, 1971.
- Registered as CF-TFB.
- Flew as tanker #4.
Air Spray Ltd, Red Deer,
Alberta, June 1973-2003.
- Registered as C-FTFB.
- Converted to tanker at Chino, CA, 1975.
- Damaged due to engine
fire, Calgary, Alberta, Aug. 1977.
- Flown as tanker #4/Miss Red Deer.