After the pandemic forced the cancellation of their 2020 event, the fifth TBM Reunion and Salute to Veterans is now set to occur in Peru, Illinois on May 14/15 according to the air show’s founder, Brad Deckert. The event, normally an annual affair, is dedicated to WWII veterans and the famed Grumman Avenger naval torpedo bomber.
Brad Deckert, owner of TBM-3E Bu.85632, initiated the gathering back in April, 2016 as an effort to bring TBM owner/operators together for training and to discuss mutual concerns. It wasn’t an air show, per se, but proved to be so popular that the local community in Peru, Illinois embraced the idea and has helped to fund and promote the gathering ever since. The show involves much more than Avengers now, of course, although the type is still a major component.
Regarding this year’s event, Deckert stated: “We are excited to be back with the gathering and honor our Veterans. The event has grown tremendously in just a few years, and it has become a tradition for our small community.”
As in previous years, a TBM forum for owner/operators will take place. This year’s forum will include a presentation on maintaining the Avenger’s Curtiss-Wright R-2600-20 engine, as well as an open session for TBM owner/operators to discuss mutual concerns. For obvious reasons, these sessions will not be open to the public, however, everyone is welcome to attend all other weekend activities. The public will have the opportunity to get a close-up look at the Avengers, and witness some flying as well. Formation flights are in the works too of course. The organizers hope to invite former Avenger veterans as well, although the final details are incomplete at present. Furthermore, the local EAA Chapter will be offering lunches, which attendees may purchase.
We look forwards to covering this air show for our readers! For more information visit www.tbmreunion.org