Eighth Annual TBM Gathering Set for May 17-18, 2024

Eight of the ten TBM's that flew from Peru, Illinois during the Avenger Gathering in 2016. (photo by Greg Morehead)
Aircorps Art Dec 2019


The eighth annual TBM Avenger Reunion and Salute to Veterans is on for 2024! This great event, which seems to grow in strength with each iteration will take place at Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, Illinois on Friday, May 17th, and Saturday, May 18th, with a full air show each day. In addition to the usual large gathering of TBM Avengers ( at 10 expected), numerous other warbirds will likely attend as well, including the newly renamed Team Titan (Formerly Team Aeroshell). The Friday evening display will see the return of several favorites, the TBM Night Time Flame Show, a beer garden, food, and live music! Saturday will feature the Salute to Veterans Parade and Veterans Flag Missing Man Flight (more on this later) along with the traditional air show.

Two TBM Avengers tuck in tight to the camera plane in the skies over northern Illinois during the 2017 TBM Gathering. In the foreground is TBM-3U Bu.69325 (NL325GT) flown by Darrell Berry. Based: Benton Co. Regional Airport (0M8) in Camden, TN. In the background is TBM-3E Bu.91521 (N4171A) flown by Rick Siegfried. Based: Erie-Ottawa Int’l Airport (PCW) in Port Clinton, OH. (Photo by Jay Selman)

Brad Deckert, who owns TBM-3E Bu.85632, initiated the gathering back in April, 2016 as an effort to bring TBM owners/operators together for training and the discussion of mutual concerns. While the original event wasn’t an air show, per se, it proved so popular that the local community embraced the idea and has helped fund and promote the gathering ever since. The show involves much more than Avengers now, of course, although the type is still a major component.

Regarding this year’s event, Deckert stated: “We are excited to be back with the gathering and honor our Veterans. The event has grown tremendously in just a few years, and it has become a tradition for our small community. Thank you, everyone, for your support, and don’t forget to have May 19th & 2ost marked on your calendars for the event….and May 20th and 21st for aircraft rides!”

 

This year’s event is bound to be a great experience for all who attend… one of the best little air shows of the season, so be sure to make plans to attend!

For more information about the event, visit www.tbmreunion.org

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