Eastern (GM) TBM-3 'Avenger'

  Manufacturer:Eastern (GM)

Control Panel
  Base model:TBM
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1935-1946
  Basic role:Torpedo Bomber
  Crew:Pilot, Bombadier, Rear Gunner

  Length: 40' 11" 12.4 m
  Height:16' 5" 5.0 m
  Wingspan: 54' 2" 16.5 m
  Wingarea: 490.0 sq ft 45.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 10,545 lb 4,782 kg
  Gross Weight: 17,893 lb 8,115 kg
  Max Weight: 17,895 lb 8,115 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Wright R-2600-20
  Horsepower (each): 1900

  Range: 1,010 miles 1,626 km
  Cruise Speed: 147 mph 236 km/h 127 kt
  Max Speed: 276 mph 444 km/h 240 kt
  Climb: 2,060 ft/min 627 m/min
  Ceiling: 30,100 ft 9,174 m

Known serial numbers
25700, 68062 / 69538, 97532 / 97672

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia

TBM-3 on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"


Recent comments by our visitors
 Matthew O\'Neil
I drew that plane in graphite pencil. It is at the Northern California Veterans Museum in Redding, Ca. And, I believe that is the plane G.W.Bush flew over Chi-Chi Jima. Love those machines!!!
07/02/2011 @ 21:57 [ref: 39889]
 , PA
My Mother and Father helped build the avenger at the Trenton GM plant. Mom put the handles on the inside of the doors and Dad rivetted the wings. Dad has passed away, but I would like to have their names put on the list for essential war workers, does anyone know how I go about that? Thanks, Pam
01/16/2011 @ 11:59 [ref: 35801]
 , PA
The Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading PA now has an airworthy TBM. See www.MAAM.org for the museum
12/28/2004 @ 15:29 [ref: 8999]
 Gunboat Willie
 Trenton, NJ
This coming Veterans Day Nov.11,2002 will mark the 6oth
Anniv. of the first flight of the Trenton,N.J.built Eastern
Aircraft TBM Avenger of the first built TBM .
The day was Nov.11,1942.
God bless those who crewed , maintained , gave their lives
, were wounded in the TBM, and those who built the Eastern Trenton,N.J.TBM Avenger !

11/04/2002 @ 15:01 [ref: 6017]
 Ron Twellman
 , WI
I see that s/n 69538 is listed among the known examples. Any chance it's still in existence? I happen to have the military weight & balance record for that aircraft & wouldn't mind reuniting it with the aircraft if possible.
01/23/2002 @ 20:14 [ref: 4169]


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