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TBF-1 Avenger VT-8, NAS Norfolk, May 1942 

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TBF-1 Avenger VT-8, NAS Norfolk, May 1942
Scale:
1:72
Length:
6.75"
Width:
9"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
HM-HA1223
Period:
World War II


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Pre-Order Expected Arrival - DEC 2022

In early 1942 Avengers began to arrive at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and assigned to VT-8. This made the squadron the first front-line unit to be equipped with the TBF-1 Avenger. The first to arrive was 8-T-1 BuNo 00380 wearing the inter-war red tail stripes and circle within the star insignia. Six VT-8 Avengers were sent to Pearl Harbor and on to Midway arriving just before the Battle of Midway. During this battle the 6 TBF-1s from VT-8 flew against the Japanese forces and 8-T-1 was the only Avenger to survive the encounter.Just prior to the start of WW II the USN started to look for a replacement for their aging Douglas Devastator. Grumman won the USN contract and delivered a huge rotary engine that was enclosed in a barrel like fuselage to cut down on drag and a fuselage and wing lengths that would accommodate a three-man crew. The aircraft was officially known as the TBF/TBM Avenger but would come to receive the affectionate name of “The Turkey”. The first delivery came in time for the Battle of Midway June 1942.

Info: Grumman TBF-1 Avenger 8-T-1, VT-8, NAS Norfolk, May 1942


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