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  TBM-3 Avenger Bureau Number 53857  
USN

Aircraft History
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division during 1943. Constructors Number 3919. Delivered to the U. S. Navy.

Postwar
During 1963 to 1972 owned by Central Air Service in Lewiston, Montana and registered in the United States as N7017C.

During May 1976 to 2002 operated by Forest Protection, Ltd. in Fredericton, New Brunswick and registered as C-GFPM. Used as an aerial tanker. Painted with white upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces and a red line with yellow wingtips and tail plus "Forest Protection, Ltd" in black on the rear fuselage with nose number 21. Retired during 2002.

In 2004, sold to Mr. Steve Searle and transported to Australia and restored at Coolangatta. Registered in Australia as VH-MML on September 21, 2005. First flight after restoration was April 6, 2006 and was based at Gold Coast Airport.

In 2011, sold to Mr. Paul Bennett and registered to Bennet Aviation Ltd. in Redhead, NSW on July 2, 2013. This aircraft is airworthy, painted in U. S. Navy markings with fuselage number "441" and a white arrow on the tail.

As of September 2014, this aircraft was listed for sale by Platinum Fighter Sales.

This Avenger often participates in Australian air shows. On September 16, 2015 participated in an air show at Jackson Airport to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea independence with a Port Moresby fly-over.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBM-3 Avenger 53857
WarbirdRegistry - Avenger 53857
Warbirds Online - Warbird TBM-3 Avenger VH-MML air display
Australian Aircraft Register Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) - TBM-3 Avenger VH MML
Platinum Fighter Sales - Avenger 53857 VH-MML
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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