TA717/XB-TOX

 

Charbel Pérez Caram sent a couple of images of TA717/XB-TOX from its time in service in Mexico and said:

"This aircraft was operated in Mexico by the company Fotogramex, of the Cap. Miguel Pérez Elías, registerd as XB-TOX, from 1954 to 1962. It was used for photographic survey projects."

TA717 Image fom the private collection of Miguel and Charbel Pérez Caram. For a larger (2048x1417, 1.46mb) version of this image, click here.
TA717 Image fom the private collection of Miguel and Charbel Pérez Caram. For a larger (2499x1644, 2.71mb) version of this image, click here.
 
TA717 was recovered from its 'resting place' in Mexico in late (probably October) 1979 by Mike Meeker. The following photos show the recovery operation under way.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.
TA717 recovery underway Image courtesy of Jim Dearborn.

 

TA717 History

Built at Hatfield in 1945, Mosquito B.35 TA717 was delivered to 44 MU at Edzell on the 7th of July for storage, from there to Martin Hearn in February 1948 from where it then moved to 15 MU at Wroughton on 27th April. TA717 was bought by Cloux Clan Importers of the USA in May 1956, following which it was used for photo survey work in Mexico registered as XB-TOX.

TA717 was later abandoned near Mexico City airport and left to decay in the damaging climate. The aircraft was also accessible to vandals which speeded the destructive process. Eventually the deterioration caused the fuselage to break its back.

In the late 1970s the remains were acquired by Mike Meeker and taken to Canada for eventual rebuild. The remains of TA717 were eventually sold by Mike Meeker to Jim Merizan in California in the mid-1980s when the project to restore CF-HML folded. Jim Dearborn has recently acquired the remains of TA717 and RG300 from Jim Merizan and plans to restore both.

If anyone has further information on the history of this aircraft, please contact me.