Eastern (GM) TBM-3E 'Avenger'

  Manufacturer:Eastern (GM)

  Base model:TBM
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1935-1946
  Basic role:Torpedo Bomber
  Modified Mission:Special electronic installation

  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: 14,160 lb 6,421 kg
  Max Weight: 17,895 lb 8,115 kg

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

  Range: 1,130 miles 1,819 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
53050 / 53949, 85459 / 86292, 86293 / 86296, 91107 / 91752, 91753 / 92006

Examples of this type may be found at
Admiral Nimitz State Historic ParkFredericksburgTexas
Air Power Park and MuseumHamptonVirginia
Cavanaugh Flight MuseumAddisonTexas
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew YorkNew York
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
NAS Cecil FieldCecil FieldFlorida
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
National Warplane MuseumGeneseoNew York
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Planes of Fame Air MuseumEden PrairieMinnesota
Quonset Air MuseumNorth KingstonRhode Island
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia
USS Lexington Museum On The BayCorpus ChristiTexas
United States Marine Corps Air/Ground MuseumQuanticoVirginia
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCalifornia

TBM-3E on display

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation

NAS Cecil Field

National Museum of Naval Aviation

National Warplane Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

United States Marine Corps Air/Ground Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Barrie MacLeod
 , NS
My photo below of the yellow Avenger C-FAYG should read Norfolk Aerial Spraying as the aircraft operator.
01/08/2015 @ 04:51 [ref: 68873]
 Walt Bumgarner
 Moses Lake, WA
Looking at some of the earlier posts....I owned N6827C. I bought it from Hillcrest in 1982. I owned 5 and the engine on a 6th. My company was Stewart Aviation Inc. Ended up with 4500 hrs in TBM's.
01/06/2013 @ 18:05 [ref: 67482]
 Walt Bumgarner
 Moses Lake, WA
Looking at some of the earlier posts....I owned N6827C. I bought it from Hillcrest in 1982. I owned 5 and the engine on a 6th. My company was Stewart Aviation Inc. Ended up with 4500 hrs in TBM's.
01/06/2013 @ 17:48 [ref: 67481]
 Mike Cantrell
 Seattle, WA
We currently own and operate TBM-3E Avenger N325GT S/N 69325. The engine is currently out for overhaul and we recently installed a brand new gun turret courtesy of John Lane (Airpower Unlimited - Jerome Idaho)
Once the engine is reinstalled, the aircraft will be going back to the original pain scheme.
03/16/2010 @ 08:48 [ref: 25887]
 Bob Forbes
 Tulare, CA
The TBM that Randal McFarlane has used to be an Airtanker #58, N6827C in the US belonging to TBM Inc.of Tulare,CA. I flew that aircraft in the late 70's at Porterville,CA. for several years. After it was retired I made my last flight in it on 3-19-77 and delivered it to HillCrest Aviation in Lewiston, ID. They turned it into a sprayer, after that I lost track of it until it appeared in England.

Currently flying a TBM, N4171A in Ramona, CA. painted in WWII Atlantic colors in the markings of VC13. It was restored by Corwin "Corky" Meyer of Grumman test pilot fame and now owned by the Freeberg Family of Escondo, CA.
02/27/2010 @ 22:33 [ref: 25796]
 , ON
If you're interested:
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton Ontario has just taken possession of a TBM Avenger. I not sure but I believe it's a TBM-3E. It's supposed to be fully operational and is being stripped down/refurbished for operational flightline service next year.
11/03/2009 @ 16:29 [ref: 25246]
 Duane Hicks
 Marietta, OK
A note to Olympic museum poster, we owned XOM TBM 3E up until 1985. We sold our last 2 TBMs to a fella in Kansas. We had operated I think 6 avengers for aerial spraying in Canada. I think I still have parts in my barn in Canada. I do have pics somewhere also and likely a bunch of stories.
09/19/2008 @ 18:39 [ref: 22704]
 Merle Bingham
 Collinsville, OK
Glad to see the web site is still very active. Looking for TBM3E and TBF Parts for a project. New email address merle.bingham@yahoo.com
04/30/2008 @ 15:21 [ref: 20759]
 Jim Goolsby
 Crescent City, FL
The Collings Foundation has a TBM in flying condition based in Stowe, Ma. Also the CAF in Deland, Fl. is in the process of rebuilding one. I have volunteered to reclover the flight controls, which I am just starting.
11/26/2007 @ 09:35 [ref: 18671]
 Larry Drinnen
 Grand junction, CO
Great site , we at the C.A.F. Rocky Mountain Wing also have a TBM-3E, Buaero 53503 that is still flying .
10/29/2007 @ 17:53 [ref: 18347]


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