Designation: TBM-3E

General Motors TBM-3E

General Motors (Grumman) TBM-3E Avenger

A picture of the General Motors TBM-3E Avenger

The Avenger was designed and built initially by the Grumman company and designated TBF.  However, since Grumman’s facilities were straining to produce enough of their fighters for the Navy it was decided to ask General Motors to open another production line for the design.  The General Motors version was designated the TBM but was otherwise identical.  The Avenger first entered combat during the Battle of Midway, and despite a poor performance in that engagement went on to be the primary torpedo bomber of the war.  Later versions of the aircraft designated TBM-3 had a more powerful engine and the “E” variant was equipped with a special anti-submarine radar.  Avengers continued to serve in the U.S. Navy well into the 1950s.

Wingspan 54 ft 2 in.

Wingspan

Length 40 ft 11 ½ in.

Length

Height 16 ft 5 in.

Height

Weight 17,895 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 276 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 30,100 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,010 miles

Range

Engines One Wright R-2600-20 radial with 1,900 horsepower

Engine

Crew 3

Crew


Manufacturer
General Motors

Markings
Navy Torpedo Squadron 1 (VT-1), USS Bennington, 1945

Designation
TBM-3E

Registration
N9593C

Serial Number
69472

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