St. Charles, MO
Operation: Central and Eastern
Wing Span: 54' 2"
Length: 40' 0"
Height: 15', 16' 5" wings folded
Max Speed: 315 knots
Gross Weight: 16,000 lbs
Power Plant: Wright R-2600-20
Fuel Capacity: 325 gallons
Armament: 3 x .50 caliber machine guns, 1
x 2,200 lb torpedo or 2,000 lbs of bombs in the
internal bomb bay.
Missouri Wing's Grumman TBM-3E
The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
is the owner and operator of this Grumman TBM-3E Avenger which is available for airshows, flybys and film.
Many people recognize the Avenger as the type of
aircraft that former President George Bush flew.
The Avenger was the largest single engine aircraft built
in the U.S. until the end of the war and is powered by a
Wright Cyclone R-2600, 14 cylinder, 2 row, radial engine
turning a 3 bladed Hamilton Standard prop, rated at 1920
H.P. at take-off. The Avenger could carry 2000 pounds of
bombs or one 2200 pound torpedo, either two 58 or 110
gallon drop tanks (depending on the mission), eight 5
inch high velocity rockets and bomb racks outboard of
the rockets that could each carry a 500lb bomb or the
gun packs with two .50 cal guns each. It could also lay
mines, smoke screens, tow targets and had air to air
radar on some variants. Avengers were also equipped with
two forward firing .50 caliber machine guns and one .50
caliber machine gun in a turret aft of the canopy. The
Avenger could also be equipped with three bombay fuel
tank sizes, a 1/2 size self sealing bombay tank, which
still allowed the carriage of 1000lbs of internal bombs
and two full size tanks, one self sealing and one not.
With the Avenger loaded up, it could be one well armed
machine and still go 300 miles away and back.
The mighty roar of a TBM Avenger's R-2600 engine was a
sound of hope to thousands on the front lines in WWII,
where Avengers patrolled the seas for enemy vessels,
fought in numerous naval battles, helped prepare
invasion zones, and provided close air-to-ground support
for allied troops.
The Avenger first took shape in 1940 as engineers from
Grumman Aircraft worked to design a new torpedo bomber
to fill a US Navy requirement to replace the obsolete
Douglas TBD Devastator. The prototype first flew in
August of 1941, named "Avenger" in response to the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Grumman began to
produce the new torpedo bomber in January of 1942.
Avengers first flew in combat six months later during
the Battle of Midway. Unfortunately, all but one of the
six Avengers launched were shot down. However,
subsequent events afforded the Grumman torpedo bomber
the opportunity to demonstrate its lethality as it
fought in every carrier-versus-carrier battle of the
While the Avenger had many successes in its combat
career, there are a few that stand out. At the Battle of
Guadalcanal, the Avengers scored several key hits on the
battleship Hiei. In the 1944 Battle of the Philippine
Sea, the Avengers sank the carrier Hiyo. Yet, the real
victories for the Avenger occurred in 1945 when the
Musashi and Yamato, the world's two largest battleships,
were sunk as a direct result of Avenger torpedo attacks.
Avengers also flew in the Atlantic throughout the war
from small escort carriers and were pivotal in helping
defend allied convoys, sinking more than thirty German
U-boats between 1943 and 1944.
Commemorative Air Force - Missouri Wing
P.O. Box 637
St. Charles, MO 63302
Phone: (636) 250-4515
Fax: (636) 250-4515
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