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Early Avenger's went into Navy service in time for the June 1942 Battle of Midway. The Avenger played a pivotal role in the Pacific because of its effectiveness against the Japanese fleet and its rugged resistance to enemy fire. Avenger's three man crew included a pilot, a rear gunner in a powered turret and a bombardier/ gunner in the plane's belly.

Craft Stats

Type Three-­seat Carrier-­based Torpedo Bomber
Manufacturer Grumman
Powerplant One 1268-­kW (1700-­hp) Wright R-­2600-­8 Cyclone 14-­cylinder radial piston engine
Maximum speed 436 km/h (270 mph) at 5030 m (15,000 ft)
Climb rate 435 m/min (1425 fpm)
Range 1778 km (1100 miles)
Service ceiling 6830 m (22,400 ft)
Armament (TBF-­1C) two fixed forward-­firing 12.7-­mm (.50-­cal) machine guns; one 12.7-­ mm machine gun in rear turret; one 7.62-­mm (.30-­cal) machine gun in ventral position; 907 kg (2000 lb) of bombs or one torpedo in internal bomb-­bay
Weights Empty 4788 kg (10,534 lb) Maximum take-­off 7876 kg (17,327 lb)
Dimensions Span 16.51 m (54 ft 2 in) Length 12.20 m (40 ft) Height 5.00 m (16 ft 5 in) Wing area 45.52 m2 (490 sq ft)
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