VAC TBM restoration back to flight

The Valiant Air Command has been working over the past couple of years to bring back to airworthiness a Grumman TBM 3E. This aircraft was acquired in 2002 by the VAC from Environmental Aircraft Services and was previously flown by the US Navy and the US Forest Service. A detailed history of the aircraft can be found here as well a picture of this aircraft from 1962 when it flew for the US Forest Service.

The VAC is painting this aircraft as one of the planes of Flight 19, which was a navigation training flight of 5 TBMs that were lost. The anticipated first flight is early 2012.

VAC TBM wearing the marking of Lt Charles Taylor, flight leader of Flight 19 in October 2011. Photo used with permission of Bill Scheuerman.

 

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