TBM-3E “Avenger”

TBMAvenger 140x93Introduced 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.

Country: USA

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

Length: 40′

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


About Us

Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum
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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

Restoration Work

In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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