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TBM Avenger Flight Demonstration

October 17


National Museum of World War II Aviation Special Event

Let ‘em fly!   The TBM “Avenger” is back in the air.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

On October 17, the museum will open its doors early for a special event featuring a flight demonstration by one of the museum’s historic World War II aircraft—the TBM “Avenger” Torpedo Bomber.

Throughout WWII, the Avenger played a key role in sinking Japanese warships in the Pacific Theater of War and protecting supply convoys from German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most iconic aircraft flown by the U.S. Navy during the war and is the type of plane that President George H.W. Bush flew in the Pacific.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

9:00 am          Presentation: “The Story of the TBF/TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber – Its       Development and Combat Operations in the Atlantic and Pacific,” presented by museum historian Gene Pfeffer

9:30 am          Aircraft walk around and pre-flight

9:45 am          Start up, taxi and flybys

Questions will be answered by the museum historian and the TBM pilot after the aircraft returns to base.

This special event will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  Doors to the museum will open to the public at 8:30am.  The presentation starts at 9:00 am.

For more information contact the museum’s Front Desk at 719 637-7559.


Colorado Springs, CO
775 Aviation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80916 United States
719 637-7559


National Museum of World War II Aviation

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!


There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.