TBM Avenger Aircraft N53503 (NRIS 100001791)

Address: 780 Heritage Way, Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Junction, Colorado. County/parish: Mesa.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places November 13, 2017.

From Wikipedia:

CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Museum
CAF Rocky Mountain Wing (RMW) Museum is one of 75 local detachments of the national Commemorative Air Force (CAF) non-profit aviation association dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibit and Remembrance. The Museum is located at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, Colorado, and contains artifacts and exhibits from World War II, Korean, and Vietnam wars. In addition they operate two aircraft which are part of the CAF's fleet of over 170 vintage warbirds. These two examples happen to be both the largest and smallest of single engine aircraft used by American armed forces during WWII, namely a Grumman TBM Avenger and a Piper J-3 (Army L-4 or Navy NE-1) Grasshopper. Besides offering these as "hands-on" exhibits, the public may also schedule rides as a passenger in these aircraft either at the museum or at airshows where they are also exhibited. The museum began operation in 1981 with final construction completed in 2000. (read more...)

Architects:

  • General Motors/Eastern Aircraft Division

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/100001791

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