Replacing the ageing Douglas TBD Devastator, the Grumman TBF Avenger soon became the workhorse torpedo bomber of the US fleet in the Pacific and could be configured to carry either one Bliss-Leavitt Mark 13 torpedo, a single 2,000-pound (907 kg) bomb, or up to four 500-pound (227 kg) bombs.
With a 30,000 ft (9,000 m) ceiling and a fully loaded range of 1,000 miles (1,600 km), it was better than any previous American torpedo bomber, and better than its Japanese counterpart, the obsolete Nakajima B5N "Kate". Later Avenger models also carried radar equipment for the ASW and AEW roles.
Used in its observation mode, a 270 gallon auxiliary drop tank could be used in place of a drop load significantly extending its patrol area.
Ordinarily the TBF relied on its 3 self sealing fuel tanks. The main tank carried 141 gallons with the left and right tanks carrying 80 gallons each.
Mounted to the lower right of the pilots main flying panel, this early version of the TBF fuel gauge indicated fuel quantity in four tanks: left, right, and centre wing tanks, and the bomb bay droppable tank, in concentric scales respectively starting from centre axis.
A fuel tank indicator switch was located above and the pilot switched it to any of the 4 tanks and their contents were displayed in the fuel gauge below. Later TBF fuel tank indicators featured 4 separate circular gauges mounted on a single instrument to aid clarity of view.
This is a rare and battle-hardened veteran of the war in the pacific installed on an early TBF Avenger and mounted in its beautiful, hand crafted 100 yr old mango wood stand, this Liquidometer, TBF Avenger bomber fuel tank indicator would look fantastic with its custom built and airbrushed 1/72 or larger scale 1/48 model TBF perched atop its removable display arm.
Combine this with a detailed, high quality, laminated Fact Sheet about the instrument and the TBF complete with a photo of the instrument in the Avenger cockpit and you have the perfect gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This Grumman TBF Avenger Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your TBF Avenger Liquidometer, 4 x Tank Display Fuel Gauge, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a TBF Avenger or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.