View Full Version : Restored TBM catches fire, crashes

03-10-2009, 06:55 PM
Lots of really sad pictures of the aftermath. It looks like the plane is a total write-off. The last I heard, the pilot, Terry Rush was still listed in critical condition. Prayers for his full recovery.

ABC news story (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6697160)

03-10-2009, 07:02 PM

03-10-2009, 07:44 PM
That's sad man, the plane is wrecked, but i hope the pilot will be ok http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

03-10-2009, 08:37 PM
Oh, man. That's terrible. I hope the pilot makes a full recovery.
How many flying Avenger's are still around?

03-10-2009, 10:16 PM
Yeah that sucks, but the Pilot is in stable condition, that's all that really matters.

I am guessing there are only a handful of Avengers around.. I saw one at the EAA when I was a kid maybe 15 years ago to the right of the swarm of P-51's.. There is probably a point where they stop flying planes much once that get exceedingly rare. Then again there are 2 Zeroes left and I think one flies a bit?

If we go further back to WWI, nobody flies original WWI aircraft anymore, they are all left to museums now but I am wondering if that has to do with rarity or more likely, the safety of flying in 92 year old wood and canvas biplanes.

Maybe in another 30 years most WWII aircraft will have a similar fate?

03-11-2009, 02:25 AM
Many restored aircraft contain a large amount of new material so going all the way to producing flying replicas might not be an impossible step, and there are some that are already out there.

Terrible news on the TBM, but the health of the pilot's the important thing to be honest. You can in theory build replica planes, but not the pilot. He's a one off.

03-11-2009, 05:42 AM
Somewhere between 50 and 100 TBM and TBF Avengers are still airworthy
and a few dozen are in museums.
Over 300 intact airframes survive.
Several are still earning their keep in fire bombing and spotting service.
They were in use by various military powers through the 1990's.
Sad to see one destroyed, but at least there are lots of them around.


03-11-2009, 09:10 AM
Sure was a shame about that plane, seen it on the news the other day.

There is an Avenger at the Cape May NJ airport. It looks like an "EX" duster, or fire bomber. It looks in very good shape. N145WB is the Reg. number. Just sitting there with the wings folded.
I just seen it this past Aug. '08 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


03-11-2009, 01:37 PM
Are you sure about your point on WW1 aircraft?

I seem to recall watching a documentary a couple years back about a group of rich men who rebuilt a couple of old birds together and flew them...it was their hobby, some hobby http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

But i'm sure there are a few ww1 era planes about!

03-11-2009, 06:23 PM
check the link regarding WWW-I


A number of newly built now appearing.




03-11-2009, 09:14 PM
There are some great replicas and companies that make them no doubt, the Nieuport's in Fly Boys are replicas made somewhere in the Midwest, USA and they look great. Also some DR.I's are available.

Apparently they used some original WWI fighters in the Blue Max, but I don't know if these were just ground shots or mock dogfights, one of these was apparently Field Kindley's Sopwith.. Which as of now is reported as the only Sopwith Camel left in the whole United States, out of 7 left in the whole world, all are in museums. Show's how scarce they really are.

Apparently there is 1 Spad 7 left, 5 SE5a's, 1 Eindecker left. 1 Albatros D.V. No Fokker Dr. I's are left.. Alot of what few planes were left got destroyed in bombing raids in WWII. Alot of the earlier planes of WWI didn't even survive before WWI's end.

Sorry for derailing the main topic of this thread, let's hope our WWII counterparts last a little longer!