2020 TBM Gathering Moving to Terra Haute, Indiana (EVENT CANCELED – June 4, 2020)

A great TBM pairing:TBM-3U Bu.53768 in the foreground, with TBM-3E Bu.53829 above and behind. This image is from the first TBM Gathering which took place in Peru, Illinois back in April, 2016. (photo by Greg Morehead)
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(EVENT CANCELED – June 4, 2020)

The TBM Reunion and Salute to Veterans is now scheduled to occur in Terra Haute, Indiana on July 24/25 according to the air show’s founder, Brad Deckert. The annual event, dedicated to WWII veterans and the famed Grumman Avenger naval torpedo bomber, was originally scheduled to take place at its usual home in Peru, Illinois earlier this year, however, the global pandemic caused these plans to change, an all-too-common refrain this year sadly.

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An aerial view of some of the TBMs which took part in the first TBM Gathering at Peru, Illinois back in 2016. The annual event has moved to Terra Haute, Indiana this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo by Greg Morehead)

Brad Deckert, owner of TBM-3E Bu.85632, started the event 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 the TBM now, although the type is still a major component.

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A glorious sunset formation shot of three TBMs. TBM-3E Bu.85650 is in the foreground with TBM-3E Bu. 85882 ‘Ida Red’ in the middle and Brad Deckert’s TBM-3E Bu.85828 in the background. (photo by Greg Morehead)

About this year’s changes, Deckert stated: Hoosier Aviation has graciously offered to host this great event on July 24th and 25th. Some details are still being worked out, but it will be essentially the same event at a different location. Feel free to contact me with questions.”

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Turkeys on the prowl, some of the TBMs which attended the first TBM gathering in Peru, Illinois back in April, 2016. The event is now scheduled to take place in Terra Haute, Indiana in late July this year. (photo by Greg Morehead)

The air show’s present chairman, Cary Miller, made a formal press release which continues as follows…

Our friends at Hoosier Aviation in Terre Haute, Indiana (www.hoosieraviation.com) have graciously offered their venue to hold the City of Peru TBM Reunion and Salute to Veterans during their CAF AirPower air show at the Terre Haute Regional Airport on July 22 through 26. 

All of the exiting attractions you’ve come to expect from the Peru show, will be featured.

With the cancellation of EAA/Warbirds convention in Oshkosh for 2020, we expect to have a large turnout of warbirds. It should make for a very exciting and spectacular show.

We sincerely thank the group at Hoosier Aviation for continuing the TBM tradition and we certainly look forward for its RETURN TO PERU, ILLINOIS IN 2021!

For more information regarding this year’s event, and to volunteer, please visit the Hoosier Aviation Website at www.hoosieraviation.com as well as their Facebook page.

Once again thank you Hoosier Aviation, all of our TBM and warbird friends, our supporters, and of course all of our veterans.

Stay healthy and safe.
Cary Miller

TBM Reunion and Salute to Veterans Chairman

We look forwards to covering this air show for our readers! For more information visit www.tbmreunion.org

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TBM-3E Bu85882, Ida Red, comes in for her closeup back in 2016. (photo by Greg Morehead)


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