Warbird rides available as part of National Aviation Day celebration – The Coastland Times

As part of First Flight Society’s National Aviation Day celebration at Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo on August 19, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Capital Wing will be offering warbird flights in his 1945 General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo bomber.

Like the 1903 Wright Flyer, the TBM Avenger has wings and an engine, but that’s where the commonalities end. The Wright Flyer’s engine produced 12 hp. The Avenger’s 14-cylinder radial engine produces 1,900 hp. The first flight traveled 120 feet. The Avenger’s wingspan is half that distance at 54 feet and has a range of 900 miles. The Wright’s aircraft had fixed wings, while the Avenger’s wings folded back against the fuselage. But there is something else in common between the Wright Flyer and the TBM Avenger: both flew with one pilot.

August 19 is National Aviation Day (NAD), which celebrates the development of aviation. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation that designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday as National Aviation Day.

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There is a connection with the airport itself. During World War II, it was a United States Navy Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) commissioned on March 3, 1943, and used for special training of Navy squadrons, including the TBM Avengers, making it a form of homecoming for this TBM.

The Capital Wing is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Culpeper, Virginia with over 100 members and is a unit of the CAF. The organization’s mission is to educate, inspire and honor through flight and living history experiences.

The CAF was founded to acquire, restore, and maintain in flying condition a comprehensive collection of combat aircraft that have been flown by all United States military services and selected aircraft from other nations for education and training. pleasure of present and future generations of Americans.

To combine First Flight Society’s National Aviation Day observance and Commemorative Air Force mission, the Capital Wing will bring the “queen” of its fleet – a TBM-3E Avenger named “Doris Mae” – on August 19 and 20 and provide warbird rides to the public. Advance purchases of rides in the TBM can be made online at https://www.capitalwingwarbirdrides.org/s/shop.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Aviation Day than to take a TBM ride, especially for an aviation enthusiast or WWII military veteran,” a press release said. of the First Flight Society. “You will experience flight operations from this airport as if you were there during WWII.”

For more information, visit nationalaviationday.org.

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