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US Navy pilot Lt (jg) C. Clifton Francom unsuccessfully testing TBM Avenger torpedo bomber with experimental wing mounted radome aboard Ticonderoga, 4 Jul 1944, photo 2 of 5

Caption     US Navy pilot Lt (jg) C. Clifton Francom unsuccessfully testing TBM Avenger torpedo bomber with experimental wing mounted radome aboard Ticonderoga, 4 Jul 1944, photo 2 of 5 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseC. C. Francom
Identification Code   CV-14-443 (2)
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Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Feb 2012 04:42:19 PM


The pilot of this TBF, looks like he's in big trouble, looking at photo shows that after take-off, both ailerons are in the up position, this would make the aircraft
un-flyable with no aileron control.

This was my first impression looking at the photographs and the position of the TBM, the pilot cleared the deck and banks to the right looks like he would continue to roll and hit the water inverted. Anyway this is my guess


Thanks to Mr. Stubblebine's comment dated on
13 July 2008, 11:19:06 AM, I was able to read the whole story about what happened.


When radome was mounted on starboard wing, aileron control cables were reversed when
re-installed. This made both ailerons go up or both go down instead of one up and one down when aircraft would bank left or right during flight. This condition would make the aircraft un-flyable after take-off.

2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
1 Mar 2012 09:15:05 PM

Oops! I misspelled considered should have caught that one, as I typed it in capital letters.Sometimes I type too fast, or I'm tried.
In each of my comments at ww2db, I try to leave as much historical information as possible.

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