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Other CAF Units

   Mile High Wing, Denver
The Mile High Wing is a local unit of the organization known as the Commemorative Air Force.

   Red Tail CAF Squadron
The goal of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is to share the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots and crew.

   Southern California Wing, Camarillo
Home of: C-46, F8F, F6F, C-131, Zero, SNJ, B-25 and great museum displays

   UTAH Wing, CAF Salt Lake City
The Utah Wing was formed in the mid-1980s with its first aircraft, a Boeing PT-17/N2S Stearman. The wing has also acquired a Beech C-45 Expeditor. Individual members of the Utah CAF also have some notable aircraft such as a Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, a Stinson L-5 Sentinel, Nanchang CJ-6, and an Engineering & Research 415 Aerocoupe.

 

Avenger Information

   826 Squadron in action, 1951
Taken on 10 February 1951, these photos show HMCS Magnificent with a load of 826 Squadron TBM-3E's only. A mere two months later, the Squadron was flying with a mixture of -3E's and the first of the AS-3 variants.

   Canadian Avenger AS3 Anti-submarine Aircraft
Great respource website with information and rare photos.

   Canadian civil TBM-3E Avengers in the Maritimes
A good list of registrations and disposition.

   Facebook - History of TBM Avengers Forest Protection Limited
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   Folding Wing Design History
The innovative wing folding mechanism (STO-Wing), developed by Leroy Grumman in early 1941 and first applied to the XF4F-4 Wildcat, manufactured by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, was designated an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

   Forest Protection Ltd.
Operated 85 TBM Avengers since 1958. The last one was sold off in July, 2012. Over fifty years of service since they retired from military action.

   FPL Information Archive
This Archive supported by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum (located near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). You will find detailed information about Grumman Avenger Aircraft used by Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, as well as information regarding Avengers which have been used in New Brunswick in aerial application programs from other parts of Canada and the USA. The page menu offers information about 85 individual Grumman TBM Avengers used in aerial spraying and fire suppression in New Brunswick and neighbouring provinces. There is a quick reference list of pilots who have flown Avengers as well as the status list for the aircraft listed here.

   Preserved TBM-3E aircraft - Maritime or not.
Another exhaustive cross-index of registration numbers and current location.

   Special Task Air Group One (STAG-1)
Officially organized in the summer of 1943 as part of the U.S. Navy’s Special Air Task Force (SATFOR), STAG-1 made an extraordinary contribution to military history by conducting the first-ever combat strikes by drone aircraft. These were controlled from a TBM Avenger.

 

Avenger Videos

   Harry Ferrier, Midway Survivor
Brief presentation

   Marble Canyon Fly-by 2011
Colorado Pilot Association Fly-in

   Restored Avenger vs Zeke aircraft air-to-air
A Pacific dogfight re-enactment between a Zeke and an Avenger with pyro

   TBF Avenger as Cropduster
Dating from just after WWII, this home movie shows TBM Avenger aircraft being flown as the world's fastest crop duster for CISCO, the California Insecticide Service Company, based in Lancaster, California. This was not an altogether uncommon use for the rugged WWII aircraft, given that their design allowed for the addition of a large tank underneath the pilot cockpit in what had been the bomb bay / torpedo area.

   Torpedo Squadron VT-8 - WWII Rememberance
There were only 30 copies of this film made, one for each family who lost someone during the attack on the Japanese fleet at Midway on 4 June 1942 by Torpedo Squadron 8, VT-8, USS Hornet. The squadron was led by Cmdr John Waldron, and this video was made using the original film that had been given to Waldron's wife & daughter. The original film was made by John Ford from the footage of of classic documentary, The Battle of Midway

   Water Bomber in action

   Waterbomber airshow demo drop

   Wild West Air Fest Steamboat Springs 2010
Another take-off, with B-25 in foreground

   Wild West Air Fest Steamboat Springs 2010
A high altitude airport is not a problem taking off!

   Wild West Air Fest Steamboat Springs 2010
Our TBM arriving at this popular event

 

Flight Schools

   Colorado Flight Center
Western Colorado’s premier flight training, air charter, and aircraft rental facility operating out of the Grand Junction Regional Airport and the Garfield County Regional Airport. The Flight Center is a Cessna Pilot Center, a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional training. Colorado Flight Center, like all schools associated with Cessna, provides a modern approach to flight training. Our instructors are well-versed in the latest in avionics technology, and we maintain the most modern fleet of aircraft for rental and instruction in Western Colorado.

 

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Other Warbird Sites/Organizations

   AcePilots - World War Two and Aviation History
AMAZING private website. Many photos and pictures of WW2, airplanes, ships, etc. on this web site.

   U.S. Air Force Museum Virtual Tour, Dayton OH
Amazing Virtual Tour (note it takes a moment to change) This might be one of the most advanced sites ever. Click on the MAP in the upper right hand corner to bring down a visual menu of the different sites within the museum, then click on a dot within that site to view the exhibits from that camera angle and then follow (click on) the arrows. You can run your mouse over the aircraft and it can tell you what it is and in some cases you can click it and find out even more on the plane. Clicking the button with 4 arrows coming in from the corners puts you into full screen mode. ESC will bring you back. WARNING: Time flies when you get immersed in this tour!

   USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
This site is dedicated to the USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) Casablanca Class Escort Carrier and everyone associated with her during World War II. This site includes original 16mm film footage taken aboard this ship documenting TBM takeoffs and landings while providing air support for the battle of Okinawa during WWII. Contributions to this site have been made by sailors, airmen, historians and veteran family members. Items from their collections are included throughout this site and are a tribute to the USS Shipley Bay history and all of those who participated in the World War II effort.

   Virtual Aircraft Museum
Online collection of all warbirds world-wide! You can pull up every airplane that was built in every country in the world and every aircraft company. Want to check out almost any airplane ever built in the world? Old, new, military, civilian?

   Warbird Central
Our website is designed to provide accurate information on the War Bird aircraft, from where it was made to where it is today.

   WWII Airplane Graveyard in Pacific Ocean
Incredible photos of over 150 Allied WWII aircraft now lying 130 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands, more specific Kwajalein Atoll, Roi-Namur. They were planes that were taken out over the reef and pushed off intact after the war ended. They were sunk in perfect condition.

 

Veteran Services

   Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Our mission... To advance the interests of Colorado veterans through advocacy, legislation, service, and community relationships

   Mesothelioma Settlements for Veterans
Offering comprehensive asbestos and mesothelioma information, but with an emphasis on the legal options available to asbestos victims and their families. Our goal is to raise awareness about this disease and provide assistance for mesothelioma patients and their families.

   Veterans and Mesothelioma
Veterans run a high risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos. As a group, they account for 30 percent of all diagnoses in the U.S. We are a charitable organization supporting the VFW and American Legion. Our goal at the Mesothelioma Group is to increase awareness, improving survival rates and life expectancy.

 

Warbird Maintenance Shops

   Air Flex Industries
Air/Flex Industries manufactures and stocks a complete line of conduit assemblies, mil spec conduit and related "AN", "LS" and "MS" electrical fittings, backshell adapters and specialty fittings.

   Columbia Airmotive
We are a small company located in Troutdale, Oregon, that specializes in antique aircraft parts. We also stock an assortment of aircraft hardware, components and specialty tools.

   S & T Aircraft Accessories
Overhaul accessories for radial engines - pumps, governors

 

Weather

   National station observations
Weather reports in raw format by state from NOAA

   Prime FAA sponsored WX
The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) makes available to the aviation community text, digital and graphical forecasts, analyses, and observations of aviation-related weather variables. ADDS is a joint effort of NCAR Research Applications Program (RAP), NOAA Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Aviation Weather Center (AWC).

   Prime NOAA WX
National Weather Service current alerts, watches, and advisories.

   Weathercams
Weather camera links from various states

 

WWII Radios

   ARB RECEIVER (CRV-46151)
The ARB was designed for the US Navy and was intended to be used with the ATB transmitter, which was a similar size and produced 25 watts. It covered the frequency range 195 kcs to 9050 kcs in four bands.

 

WWII Torpedo Squadrons

   VT-17
What was to become the FIST of the FLEET was conceived on September 15, 1941, when the keel of the USS BUNKER HILL (CV-17) was laid. On January 1 1943, VT-17 was formed under the command of LCDR Frank W. “Silver Fox” Whitaker. In those previous fifteen months, the US Navy was busy recruiting, training, and purchasing the aircraft and thousands of items the squadron would need when the USS Bunker Hill was commissioned on May 24, 1943. Note: CVG-17 was also formed on January 1, 1943. This air group became CVBG-17, then CVBG-5 in 1946 and redesignated CVG-6 in 1948. It became CVW-6 in 1963 and was disestablished on April 1, 1992. Numerical designation of air groups began in 1942, many numbered according to their assigned ship (CV-17 .. CVG-17) and each ship had a distinctive graphic design for its aircraft. Aircraft assigned to USS Bunker Hill were identified with a vertical arrow on the tail.

   VT-31
Torpedo Squadron 31 (VT-31) served the United States Navy from their creation on May 1, 1943 until the squadrons were dissolved on October 25, 1945. Fighter Squadron 31 was the highest scoring CVL (light carrier) squadron and the 4th highest scoring squadron when including the fleet carriers (CVs which had 3 times the number of pilots in them). They had the highest kill ratio per pilot of any squadron in the US Navy which is a record that stands today.

   VT-4
In December 1941, shortly after Pearl Harbor, the US Navy made the decision to form a torpedo squadron from the air group aboard the USS Ranger (CV-4). The formal commissioning of Torpedo 4 took place on January 10, 1942, while the USS Ranger lay at anchor off Bermuda. Thus, VT-4 achieved the distinction of being the first torpedo squadron commissioned at sea.

   VT-8 - Earnest & Ferrier Story
The sole surviving aircraft's crew from Battle of Midway give their stories.

   VT-8 - Ens. Geo. Gay Story
Website by his grandson gives his unique view of the battle of Midway.

   VT-8 - Memorial Video by John Ford
30 copies were originally made, one for each of the families that lost a son.

   VT-8 - Midway story
In the Battle of Midway, there were many Sailors who were immediately recognized for their actions. The dive bombers whose payloads were delivered on target and sank the Japanese carriers were among the first to be noted as heroes of this monumental victory. But there were some who may not have been recognized because they failed to accomplish their primary mission to deliver their torpedoes and sink as many ships in the Japanese fleet as possible. This was the fate of Torpedo Squadron 8.

   VT-85
Originally attached to the U.S.S. Shangri-La in 1944 as a single large fighter squadron, the 72 plane “Fighting Squadron” was ordered on Jan. 2nd 1945 to divide into a 36 plane “Bombing Fighting Squadron” [to have aircraft side numbers 01 through 36], and a 36 plane “Fighting Squadron” [to have side numbers counting up from 38 on]. The personnel were arbitrarily assigned one or the other, and in many cases bunked with those in the other squadron. Actual aircraft types and numbers varied continually as aircraft were lost to combat and accidents and their subsequent replacements arrived. VF-85 also had 6 F6F Hellcats assigned as night fighters and photo recon ships. The remainder of Air Group 85 as assigned to the Shangri-La were the “Bombing Squadron” VB-85 flying SB2C Helldivers and the “Torpedo Squadron” VT-85 flying TBF Avengers.

 

WWII Videos, Books and General Information

   1945 The Air Fair at Wright Field, Ohio (2 of 2)

   Aircraft Loss Statistics for WWII
This provides details of all USN aircraft and ship losses during WWII. It shows the TBM Avenegr to be heavyweight in delivering the bomb and rocket punch, while achieving nearly a 3:1 kill ratio against much more nimbler fighters.

   Avenger Overview (b/w, 1 min)

   Carriers at War - 9 min color video
Great video & a stirring tribute to our great WWII U. S. Navy & those who served; part of what is truly "The Greatest Generation"!

   Encoded Communications of World War II
During World War II, the need for secrecy forced allies and enemies alike to develop their own various forms of encrypted communication. They included traditional practices such as placing spies and sending trained carrier pigeons, as well as newer electronic encryption systems. When the Germans developed a new machine, they thought it was completely undecipherable - A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma!

   Freeman Field - Captured German and Japanese War Icons
1945 Airshow COLOR movies

   Freeman Field Museum
In late 1997, a large quantity of Luftwaffe aircraft parts and other equipment was unearthed at Freeman Field, in Seymour, Indiana. This discovery came after several years of research and exploratory digging. The story of the finding of the World War II German aircraft parts is an interesting one that helps answer many of the rumors about the field's activities at the end of the war.

   Freeman Field Recovery Team's Videos
This is a compilation of two films shot during the September, 1945 airshow at Freeman Field. The aircraft seen both in the air and on the ground are nothing short of spectacular. Many of the remaining captured aircraft have yet to arrive. Our thanks to the Freeman Army Airfield Museum who provided the video.

   Imperial Japanese Navy vs. US Navy Pilots Experience and Training
Article which shows why the Imperial Japanese Navy eventually lost against the US Navy pilots early on in 1942.

   Interesting World War Two Facts About Air Warfare
If you are a World War Two facts history buff, you know that air warfare plays a pivotal role. As the United States faces off with Japan in the struggle for dominance in the Pacific, it is carrier air power that turns the tide. On December 7, 1941, Japan unleashes a surprise bombing raid on U.S. Naval and air installations. The U.S. Navy turns the tide at Coral Sea and Midway the following summer. The U.S. gains the upper hand and rolls back Japanese dominance through superior sea-based air power and tactics.

   Jet Aircraft of World War II
Germany, the United States, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, and the Soviet Union all developed jet aircraft in the hopes of gaining air superiority during the war. While countries such as Great Britain, Germany, and the U.S. all made significant advances in terms of their fighter planes, it was Germany that created the first turbojet aircraft.

   Me262, Arado 234, Dornier 335 - CAPTURED!
Operation Lusty 1945, b/w footage

   P-47 Gun camera and color footage

   Red Tails Movie - Official Website
The latest epic from producer George Lucas has just been cast giving it the green light to start filming later in the year The movie is a world war II action adventure. Red Tails film is a fictional tale inspired by the true story of America’s first all black aerial combat unit. The film’s title comes for the distinctive red painted tails on their planes.

   Red Tails Movie Trailer
Official movie trailer website

   TBM Carrier operations (b/w, 1 minute)
Various clips of aircraft taking off from an aircraft carrier during World War II

   USS Bunker Hill - CV-17 - The Monument
Bunker Hill (CV-17) was launched 7 December 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. Donald Boynton; and commissioned 24 May 1943, Captain J. J. Ballentine in command. Reporting to the Pacific in the fall of 1943 Bunker Hill participated in carrier operations during the Rabaul strike (11 November 1943); Gilbert Islands operation, including support of the landings on Tarawa (13 November-8 December); the Kavieng strikes in support of the Bismarck Archipelago operation (25 December 1943, 1 and 4 January 1944); Marshall Islands operation (29 January-8 February); strikes against Truk (17-18 February), during which eight Japanese combatant vessels were sunk; Marianas raid (23 February); Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Woleai raids (30 March-1 April); Truk-Satawan-Ponape raids (29 April-1 May); Hollandia operation (21-28 April); and Marianas operation (12 June-10 August), including the Battle of the Philippine Sea. On 19 June 1944, during the opening phases of the battle, Bunker Hill was damaged when an enemy near miss scattered shrapnel fragments across the ship. Two men were killed and over 80 were wounded. Bunker Hill continued to do battle and her planes aided in sinking one Japanese carrier and destroying a part of the 476 Japanese aircraft that were downed. During September she participated in the Western Caroline Islands operation and then launched strikes at Okinawa, Luzon, and Formosa until November.

   World's Deadliest Aircraft - TBF Avenger
From the Military Channel Show

   WWII Database
Offers detailed useful information about the people, events, aircraft, ships, vehicles, and weapons used. Also include many photos, maps and other guides. A great resource.

 


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