The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air or naval arms around the world.
The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite losing five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of World War II. Greatly modified after the war, it remained in use until the 1960s.
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... General characteristics Crew 3 Length 40 ft 11.5 in (12.48 m) Wingspan 54 ft 2 in (16.51 m) Height 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m) Wing area 490.02 ft² (45.52 m²) Empty weight 10,545 lb (4,783 kg) Loaded weight 17,893 lb (8,115 kg) Powerplant 1 × Wright R-2600-20 radial engine, 1,900 hp (1,420 kW) Performance Maximum speed 275 mph (442 km/h) Range 1,000 mi (1,610 km) Service ceiling 30,100 ft (9,170 m) Rate of climb 2,060 ft/min (10.5 m/s) Wing loading 36.5 ft·lbf² (178 kg/m²) Power/mass 0.11 hp/lb (0.17 kW/kg) Armament Guns 1 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) nose-mounted M1919 Browning machine gun(on early models) 2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) wing-mounted M2 Browning machine guns 1 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) dorsal-mounted M2 Browning machine gun 1 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) ventral-mounted M1919 Browning machine gun Rockets up to eight 3.5-Inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rockets, 5-Inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rockets or High Velocity Aerial Rockets Bombs Up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs or 1 × 2,000 lb (907 kg) Mark 13 torpedo. ...
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