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Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446)

Built as a TBM-3E BuAer 69502

22/02/1945 - accepted for service
07/03/1945 - USNAF Trenton
04 to 10/1945 - San Diego, Alameda, VT87
01/1946 - CASU-7, Tillamook (storage)
02/1948 - Litchfield Park (storage)
08 to 11/1948 - San Diego (overhaul)
01 to 06/1950 - VC-11
10/1950 - San Diego (overhaul), NART New York
11/08/1952 - to Norfolk for overhaul at 1306.6hrs
04/05/1953 - shipped in Perseus from USA
15/05/1953 - arrived at Glasgow, same day to AHU Abbotsinch
21/07/1953 - to Scottish Aviation at Prestwick by road for conversion to AS5
27/12/1953 - first flight as AS5 at Prestwick
13/01/1954 - to RNAS Abbotsinch
04/05/1954 - to 820 NAS at RNAS Eglinton as '372/C' (04/03/1954 also quoted)
03/03/1955 - to RNAS Gosport for conversion to ECM6B
05/03/1956 - to RNAS Lee-on-Solent for flight testing
13/03/1957 - 751 NAS at Watton, Norfolk as 683
28/11/1957 - Starboard brake failed, port wheel ran onto soft grass, starboard wing damaged at RNAS Culdrose
03/12/1957 - to ARS Culdrose
21/01/1958 - repairs completed
24/01/1958 - rejoined 751 NAS at RNAS Culdrose
29/01/1958 - 751 NAS became 831 NAS and aircraft recoded '383'; 02/05/1958 - recoded '267' (268 also quoted)
01/06/1958 - fire in engine bay on start up
07/01/1960 - hours in RN service recorded as 993.25
29/11/1960 - to RNAS Culdrose Station Flight as '992'
19/12/1960 - engine off landing at RNAS Culdrose
19/10/1962 - AHU Abbotsinch
11/03/1963 - AHU Culdrose for LTS
Grounded at RNAS Culdrose with total flying time - 993hrs
04/09/1969 - to FAAM at RNAS Yeovilton (09/04/1968 also quoted)
28/03/1994 - by now resprayed in D Day marks with radome removed
02/06/1994 - to Southwick House for D Day anniversary garden party
To RNAS Lee-on-Solent for storage
01/02/1995 - arrived at RNAS Yeovilton for 848 NAS reforming on 9th
13/02/1995 - back on display at FAAM

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Electronic Counter Measures

Manufacturers - General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division, Trenton, New Jersey

Power Plant - One 1,750hp Wright Cyclone R-2600-20

Wingspan - 54ft 2ins

Length - 40ft

Height - 15ft 8ins

Weight - 10,700lbs empty

Max speed - 261mph

Duration - 1,130 miles


Other exhibits in this hall

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  • Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137) Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137)
  • Grumman Hellcat II (KE209) Grumman Hellcat II (KE209)
  • Corsair KD 431 Corsair KD 431
  • Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033) Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033)
  • Fairey Fulmar (N1854) Fairey Fulmar (N1854)
  • Fairey Swordfish II (HS618) Fairey Swordfish II (HS618)
  • Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545) Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545)
  • Grumman Martlet AL246 Grumman Martlet AL246
  • Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493) Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493)
  • Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231) Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231)
  • LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF) LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF)

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