“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
TBM's.....can't be too many more of these in flying condition left in the world!
How do you distinguish a TBF from a TBM? Any visual clues? Thanks
The data plate, basically.
Most Avengers were built by GM's Eastern Aircraft Division, to free up the assembly lines at Grumman for F6F Hellcat production. The yellow critter at the top, is an SNJ trainer, made by GMC's North American Aviation Division. GMC was a very big company!
Meh.It's when they fly, man.Eight of those big radials overhead, and you can feel the freedom in your chest.
Nothing flying overhead gets my attention quicker than the sound of a large radial.
Beautiful. Sure would have been an honor to be a fighter pilot in one of those.
Those aren't fighters, they're torpedo bombers. Their pilots covered themselves in glory at the Battle of Midway and died to a man, except for George Gay, in the process of doing it.
Didn't Mr. Gay come out of an TBD?
Gay was a TBD Devastator crewman, who was the sole survivor from his squadron at Midway. 6 Brand New Avengers (the planes shown here) made their combat debut at Midway. Out of 6 new TBMs that attacked, 5 were lost.As for TBM vs TBF, there is no quick was to tell them apart. Data Plates are the only real clue, unless you are close enough to the plane to make at small details.
This guy calls the TBF Avenger the best dive bomber of the war:https://youtu.be/46R16G0iRAQTBF - Grumman, TBM - General Motors if anyone cares and/or doesn't know.Powered bu the Wright Cyclone R-2600-8 at 1700 HP. Okay, I'll stop sperging out there.