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Eastern TBM-3R Avenger 53319 G-BTDP by Colin Smedley

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Avenger G-BTDP started life in the 40s as a TBM-3 torpedo bomber built by the Eastern Aicraft Division of General Motors. Late in it’s US Navy Service it was converted to a TBM-3R seven seater carrier on-board delivery version. In 1988 it was imported into the UK by Tony Haig-Thomas who flew it for a few years before selling it on to Switzerland. It is pictured here taxying in after landing at West Malling for the 1990 Great Warbirds Air Display. It is painted as the aircraft famously flown by a certain Lt George Bush.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Great shot. I don’t now much about the Bushes but I’m guessing it was senior who flew it.

  • Thanks Nigel! You’re right of course. I just can’t imagine anyone’d trust Dubbya enough to fly one of these!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Well prented Colin, nice one. – Ted

  • Ta muchly Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Many thanks Colin!

    – Colin Smedley

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  • Thanks yet again Vitta!

    – Colin Smedley

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