© Michael Bykov
TBF-1 Avenger, Grumman.
Industrial powers of Grumman were not sufficient that the General Motors Company was also contracted to build airplane Avenger, under the designation TBM-1, beginning in September 1942.
Power plant: 14-cylinder radial engine of air cooling Wright R-2600-20 Cyclone 1900 hp (1417 kw), three-blade a screw.
Additional expendable tanks on 20 l were fixed on external outer wings. For flight on ferry range in bomb bay the expendable tank on 1040 l could be fixed.
Till September, 1945 7546 airplanes TBM of various modifications were produced.
Over 1,000 TBF/TBMs (initially called Tarpon Mk I, and later designated Avenger Mk I) were also used by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in both Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
|Wing span, m
|Wing area, m2
|PE Wright R-2600-8 Cyclone, hp
|Empty weight (TBF-1C)
|Maximum takeoff weight
|Maximum speed, km/h
|Service ceiling, m
|Service range, km
|2 x 12.7-mm machine guns in the wing and one 7.62-mm machine gun in the turret
||2 + 1
|Internal bomb load, kg
- "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
- "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/
- "Air War" /# 98, 99. Grumman Avenger/