A-26C 44-35752 was delivered in 1945, but too late to see action in WWII. Retired by the Air Force in 1958, the bomber was purchased by Rock Island Oil & Refining Co in 1960 and registered N8627E. By 1963 it had been converted to a fire bomber and was sold to Kenting Aviation in 1972 as CF-KBZ. Added to Conair's fleet in August 1973, it flew another 15 years fighting fires in British Colombia. Sold in 1988 to Canadian Warplane Heritage as A-26s were replaced by Firecats, the warbird was again sold in the USA as N81797. It was donated to the Carolinas Aviation Museum Charlotte, NC in 2006.
The RCMP Air Division operated this Beaver 1962 - 1984. The RCMP put their De Havilland Canada Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters to good use, but by the mid-80s when new aircraft were required, the production lines for those aircraft were closed down. The Beavers and Otters were gradually replaced by Cessna 208 Caravans. One Twin Otter remains today with others replaced by Pilatus PC-12s.