|TBMs and SB2Cs dropping bombs (U.S. Navy photo)|
I know, I know. Shocking innit?
FRaVMotC Captain Steve spotted the error. Had to do with a photo caption it did. It was the photo of the SB2C Helldiver and the TBF/TBM Avenger during the VE Day Flyover celebration held
Here's the photo...
The caption indicated that the Avenger replaced the Helldiver...
Ahem [cough wrong cough].
Captain Steve indicated that the Avenger was meant to replace the Dauntless. Here's how I remember things. Now that I have removed my brain housing group from my bomb bay. So to speak.
Now according to multiple sources at my fingertips (Wikipedia being one, but only one of many), the Grumman TBF Avenger was produced to replace the Douglas TBD Devastator. This guy...
|TBD Devastator of VT-6 over Wake Island 1942 (U.S. Navy photo)|
Which is, of course, a totally different aircraft than this one...
|Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (Public Domain, unknown photographer)|
So I was wrong about the Avenger replacing the Helldiver. Go figure...
It just struck me, but I've never seen an Avenger in person. (Also, how the heck did Scott the Badger figure that photo I posted was a TBM Avenger as opposed to a TBF Avenger? TBM was the designation for aircraft manufactured by General Motors whereas TBF was for those manufactured by Grumman. How could Scott tell from the ground? (I'm guessing that he got that from the website. Harumph.)
Still and all, I want to see an Avenger in person someday. Cool bird. Had a model of one as a kid. Always thought it was neat.
|"TBF Avenger in Flight" by Gerry Metzler Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons (Source)|
Ah, but the Dauntless and the Helldiver? The Smithsonian has fine examples of both. The Dauntless is at the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, the Helldiver is out at Udvar-Hazy. Those I've met in person. But first one of my favorite Dauntless photos.
|Douglas SBD Dive Bomber over Wake Island, 1943 Photo by Lt. Charles Kerlee, USNR|
Here's the Smithsonian's Dauntless...
|She seems a bit cramped with that Wildcat and that Scooter boxing her in.|
|Kind of makes me sad, she belongs in the air...|
|Nice view of the dive brakes.|
|She's got a little more room than the Dauntless.|
|Her gunner's station seems a bit more complete as well.|
|Yup, she has a Hun as a neighbor (F-100).|
I'll have another aviation post shortly. A fellow that our man in Louisiana (Virgil) told me about. A real aviation pioneer. As was his sister!