Jay Cronan

Avenger learns how to fly again

AUSTRALIAN aerobatic champion pilot Paul Bennett (pictured) piloted this vintage World War II Grumman Avenger into Lismore on Thursday evening for a flying visit.

The historic warbird, owned by Steve Searle and the Wirraway Aviation Museum at Beaudesert, winged its way out of Lismore’s Aero Enterprise hangar after undergoing maintenance.

The growling bomber, sporting a 14 cylinder radial motor capable of 1950 horsepower, had spent the past six weeks grounded at Evans Head aerodrome with a potentially dangerous oil leak, after participating in the Great Eastern Fly-In.

This Avenger was built by General Motors in 1946 but the design was first flown in 1941 and played a crucial role in the Battle of Midway a year later. This model ended up with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.



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