TBM/TBF Avenger

TBM #01

First of all is it a TBF or a TBM? That depends on who built it? Grumman Aircraft Company initially produced the TBF.

Grumman was unable to produce as many as the Navy (USN) needed because of limited factory production and priorities.

The government ask General Motors to help out, thus the TBM. The TBF and the TBM are identical generally speaking.

The TBF/TBM is a torpedo bomber and had a few performance problems as was witnessed in the “Battle of Midway” where entire squadron (12) got wiped out on their first run against Japanese ships.

But with modifications and improvements, the TBF/TBM became the primary torpedo bomber for USN during the entire war..

President-to-be George Bush Sr. flew a TBF/TBM in the South Pacific and was shot down and rescued by an American submarine near an Japanese held island.

TBF #02

TECH SPECS

Wing Span:    54 ft 2 in

Length:           40 ft 1 in

Height:            16 ft 5 i

Weight:           17,800 lbs (MTOW)

Max Speed:    276 mph

Ceiling:           30,100 ft

Range:            1,010

Engine:           1/Wright radial R-2600 at 1,300 hp

Crew:              3

THANKS FOR READING!  I HOPE THIS WAS INFORMATIVE!

 

WKL

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