The general description out of the Pilot's Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions is as follows:
The TBM Avenger - Model 3E is a single engine, midwing, all metal monoplane of semi-monocoque construction. It is designed as a torpedo bomber for carrier or land based operation.
The crew consists of three members, pilot, turret gunner who is also the radioman and a bombardier who is also the radar operator.
The wing is of full cantilever construction, with an outer panel folding arrangement of the stand-on-edge and fold-straight-back type.
Alighting gear is conventional and fully retractable.
The Wright Cyclone C-14BB ( R-2600-20), 14 cylinder radial, double row, air cooled engine drives a three-blade Hamilton Standard Hydromatic Propeller. The engine is equipped with a single stage, gear driven, two-speed supercharger, and a Stromberg Injection Carburetor.
The over-all dimensions are as follows:
Length (Three Point Attitude)……………39’5 11/16”
Height (tail up)…………………….16’5”
Height (in normal position at rest) ………..15’5 1/32”
Height (wings folded)……………16’5”
Width (wings folded)…………19’
Landing Gear Tread (width between tire centerlines)………..10’10”
The airplane is powered by the Wright-Cyclone 14 Aircraft Engine Series C14-BB Model R-2600-20, manufactured by the Wright Aeronautical Corporation. The engine is a 14 -cylinder, staggered two row radial air cooled type. The propeller is driven at a ratio of 16 to 9 crankshaft speed by means of reduction gears. The supercharger is of the two speed, single stage, centrifugal type, having an impeller which is driven at a ratio of 7.06 to 1 when operating in LOW blower, and a ratio of 10.06 to 1 crankshaft speed when operating in HIGH blower. The carburetor is a model PR48-A3 Stromberg injection carburetor, incorporating automatic altitude mixture control and idle cut-off.
Use grade 100/130 fuel in accordance with AN Specification AN-F-28. The fuel is carried in the wing center section in three tanks equipped with self-sealing liners. A droppable fuel tank can be carried in the bomb-bay and under each wing. The maximum capacity of the tanks is indicated on their respective filler caps and is approximately as follows:
Bomb Bay non-droppable (Self-Sealing)
Bomb Bay Droppable
Droppable Left Wing
58 or 100
Droppable Right Wing
58 or 100
Gross weight in Pounds
Permissible positive acceleration
Permissible Negative Acceleration
Permissible Speed Knots (Indicated)
13,000 and less
Landing, Average Fields
Landing, Prepared Runways
Take-off, Prepared Runways
These limitations may be supplemented or superseded by instructions included in Service publications.