San Diego (CA) Photos

May 23, 2009

TBM-3E “Avenger”

Filed under: Places to visit — washaw @ 6:00 am

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The “Avenger” first appeared in 1939 and was produced throughout WWII as the standard torpedo bomber. It had a top speed of 300 MPH, a range of 1,000 miles, an internal weapons bay, a 2000-lb payload, and a ceiling of 30,000 feet. The TBM-3E had had a crew of 3 or 4 and included the RT-5/APS-4 search radar, which operated at 3-cm wavelength, in an outboard pod on the right wing. By war’s end a total of 9,836 avengers were produced.

The pictured Avenger, on display at the Flying Leathernect Museum, MCAS Miramar, was accepted by the US Navy on 16 June 1945 and did not see combat. It was retired in 1962 after spending its career with various training units in the Navy and accumulating a total of 792 hours.

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1 Comment »

  1. The WW11 planes are so neat aren’t they. I thinnk it’s from all those old war movies, all the guts and glory. MB

    Comment by MaryBeth — May 24, 2009 @ 5:33 am


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