My friend Pat flew this Avenger into NAS San Diego to celebrate the US Navy Centennial. Pat flies almost anything with props in his off time, including P-51's. When he is working it is in the left seat of an Airbus-320..
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.
It entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite losing five of the six Avengers on its 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.