TBF/TBM-3 Avenger USNItem#: HN-TAMC179
- U.S. torpedo bomber
- Propeller-driven aircraft, single engine
- Handcrafted, hand-painted mahogany construction
- Scale: 1/32nd
- Operators: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, British Fleet Air Arm, Royal New Zealand Air Force, others worldwide
- Time in operation: 1942-present (civilian use)
- Post-World War II era
- Manufacturers: Grumman, General Motors
- Length: 12.75 inches
- Wingspan: 16.75 inches
Designed by Leroy Grumman, one of Grumman's founders, the TBF Avenger was intended to replace the obsolete TBD Devastator, and featured several design upgrades, including a wing folding mechanism that was used on all later Grumman WWII naval aircraft. The Avenger also held the distinction of being the heaviest single-engine aircraft of World War Two, and gave a tremendous performance in the war because of it, starting in August of 1942 and continuing until the Japanese surrender in 1945. The Avenger saw a variety of combat roles over both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, from torpedo and level bombing to anti-submarine warfare. Though the last Avenger was retired from military service in 1960, it continues in civilian use as a water-bombing firefighter and agricultural spray applicator aircraft.
The Avenger presented here is the TBM-3 variant (the most numerous), as produced by General Motors. Handcrafted construction and a high-quality U.S. Navy blue finish will make this item a stand-out piece for any collection.
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