Introduced into the fleet in 1942, the Avenger torpedo bomber was designed in the late 1930’s as a replacement for the aging Douglas Devastator. The original TBF Avenger built by Grumman was also contracted out to General Motors, whose planes were designated TBM.
Former President George H.W. Bush, then the youngest naval aviator in the service, was shot down while flying an Avenger from the carrier USS San Jacinto while attacking Chi Chi Jima island, and was rescued by submarine.
MAM’s Avenger was built in 1945, and she accumulated only 1,227 hours in her eleven years of service. She saw brief duty as a fire retardant “bomber” before being acquired by MAM in 2001.
Her livery is that of Captain “Zeke” Cormier who flew combat missions from escort carriers in the North Atlantic.
Manufacturer: Curtiss Wright
Engine: Wright R2600-2D
Horsepower: 2,800 hp
Max Speed: 155/333 mph
Weight: 18,000 lbs
Ceiling: 30,100 feet
Range: 1,130 miles internal fuel(max)
2130 miles with extra fuel
Fuel Usage: 170 gallons per hr. (military power)
Capacity: 795 gallons max
325 gallons internal
Two 100 gallons wing drop tanks
270 gal. drop tank in the bomb bay
Wing Span: 52′ 2″ / 19′ wings folded
Height: 16′ 5″
Armaent: Two .50 caliber wing machine guns, .50 caliber machine gun, Eight 3.5 inch rockets
Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:
Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques
Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |
The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum
Fighter Factory – 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23457