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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, May 19, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Warbirds - Grumman Avenger

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience resumes our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 with a look at some of the Grumman TBM Avengers on the field during the week in honor of the scheduled Second Annual TBM Gathering in Peru, IL.  The designation TBM indicates the General Motors production model of the Grumman TBF Avenger from 1942 forward.  The Avenger was used primarily to deliver torpedoes against Japanese shipping and bombing shore installations in the Pacific Theater, and it was used by the Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Air Force in great numbers.  Many of the surviving Avengers are late model TBM-3s with strengthened wings for rockets and radar, with some taking on post-war civilian missions such as crop and mosquito spraying.  Here the Pacific and Atlantic theater paint schemes are illustrated.

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