2019 Gathering of TBMs

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2019 Gathering of TBMs

Post by Bretten Bailey » Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:06 pm

2019 Gathering of TBMs (4th Annual, Presented by the City of Peru)
Illinois Valley Regional Airport
Peru, Illinois
May 18th (with a Night event on May 17th)
www.tbmreunion.org


Warbirds Participating:
-10 Grumman TBM Avengers (Largest TBM Gathering in the World)
-North American P-51 Mustang
-Vought F4U-7 Corsair
-Grumman F8F Bearcat
-Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
-North American F-86 Sabre
-MiG-17
-Lockheed T-33
-6 North American T-6s/SNJs/Harvards
-Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Ride Aircraft *Rides are available Friday, Saturday & Sunday*
-TBM Avenger ($995 for Top Seat Turret. $495 for Bottom Seat)
-T-6 Texan ($295.00)
-Helicopter Rides

Other Highlights:
-"Salute to Veterans" Parade with over 200 Veterans
-Fantastic Food Vendors and Souvenirs for purchase
-Aircraft and Hangar Displays

TBM Avenger Reunion Car Cruise
*NEW FOR 2019* will be the TBM Avenger Reunion Car Cruise. The event will be from 4 PM to 10 PM and cost a $5.00 Donation Entry Fee (which will benefit the TBM Reunion's "Salute to Veterans" Event). Beer Gardenwill open at 4 PM and aircraft will be on display along with cars for the car show (first 75 car entrants for the Car Show receive Dash Plaques). Awards will be presented at 6 PM with Veterans, Pilots & Kids Choice Awards categories. Northern Illinois band "She's a Maybe" will perform starting at 7 PM. Then, as dusk hits the airport, Matt Younkin will take to the skies in his Twin Beech 18 to perform his "Magic by Moonlight" Night Air Show!
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Post by RyanS » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:44 pm

I vaguely remember hearing something about this date changing. Any update on that?
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Post by kalamazookid » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:49 pm

RyanS wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:44 pm
I vaguely remember hearing something about this date changing. Any update on that?
I hope not. The website lists May 18.

https://tbmreunion.org
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Post by bigt512 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:40 am

Looks like there is a Night show on the 17th.
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Post by JasonB » Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:33 am

The website has been updated, it looks Matt Younkin will be there in the Beech 18 (his schedule says day an night show :shock: ). There is also a picture I think of Gene Soucy, but I can't say for certain. It looks like it will be a much bigger air show this year.
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Post by kalamazookid » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:28 pm

According to the website, there will be a night airshow on Friday. I'm hoping that if aerobatics have to be a part of the airshow Saturday, they are restricted to warbird and vintage types (like Matt Younkin). There are more than enough airshows around with a plethora of Extra 300s and Pitts. I'd hate to see this event lose what makes it unique and become another one of those.

Paul Keppeler's F-86 and Jeff Kaney's MiG-17 will both be there again as well.
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Post by RyanS » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:52 pm

Surprised it hasn't been posted here, but they're now advertising a car show from like 4pm to 7pm Friday.

I don't know if this will curtail flights during that time (ie if the cars will be on the ramp or in the parking lot) but that and the night show are making me reconsider going at all. The whole point was that it was a laid back event with easy access to planes and pilots, and Saturday last year was the perfect illustration of how frustrating it can get once the public controls are put into place. The Friday sunset time has been the highlight of the weekend each time, and now it's in jeopardy too. I guess I'll wait and see what takes shape as it gets closer.
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Post by kalamazookid » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:58 pm

I've never done the Friday night thing, but this event does become less interesting if it is made more formal and has more controls in place. Last year was still ok even with all the crowd controls but that was mostly because I ended up in a good place on the ramp. Could very easily have gone differently.

Aircraft now listed on the site:

10 TBMs
P-51
F4U-7
FM-2
F8F
F-86
MiG-17
T-33
6 T-6/Harvard/SNJs
PT-17
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Post by RyanS » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:15 am

Per a comment from Brad on Facebook, they're trying to limit the sterile ramp time on Friday, and they may be able to arrange a mass night run of TBMs as a photo op.
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Post by kalamazookid » Wed May 01, 2019 6:17 pm

Anyone know what time this thing actually starts on Saturday? Seems like it was 10 a.m. last year. The website doesn't have any info and I found a Facebook event that says noon, but that doesn't sound right at all.
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