On Saturday, May 15th, the skies over the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, Illinois will come to life with the roar of engines. This year's TBM Gathering will feature 16+ TBM Avengers plus a contingent of many more warbirds. Just check out the highlights below and note that many more will show up.
This year's TBM Reunion & Air Show will feature aerial activities from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, May 15th. Don't forget...ADMISSION IS FREE!
**Note: Aircraft appearing are subject to change due to many reasons beyond our control including, but not limited to, maintenance, weather (here or elsewhere) or other issues. We appreciate your understanding** Also note that all aircraft listed may not be flying but will be on display.
The mainstay of the event. There are SIXTEEN (16) TBM/TBF Avengers committed for this year's event. Get ready to see this amazing sight and hear those engines sing!
The World Famous AeroShell Aerobatic Team will roar into Peru for this years event. Performing an amazing formation routine in 4 T-6/SNJ Texans, this is a show you won't soon forget. www.naat.net
MiG Alley will be at the event in their Canadair CT-133 Training Jet. Don't miss this former Canadian Armed Forces aircraft. https://www.facebook.com/MiG-Alley-Air-Shows-705042573032916/
The Cessna T-37 Tweet served for over 50 years as a trainer for the US Air Force. See this rare flying example at the 2021 Gathering. https://www.facebook.com/MiG-Alley-Air-Shows-705042573032916/
Wings of the North will be bringing their Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair to the 2021 Gathering. This TOP GUN of WWII was nicknamed "The Bent Wing Bird". www.wotn.org
The P-51 Mustang is one of the most well known and loved aircraft of World War II. Wings of the North's "Sierra Sue II" is an award-winning restoration that is as WWII authentic as it gets. SSII also saw combat in WWII. www.wotn.org
The B-25 is one of the most recognizable bombers of World War II thanks to its use in the Doolittle Raid. Tri-State Warbird Museum's B-25 known as "Yankee Doodle" will be at this year's event.
See this RARE Grumman Cat in action. The Hellcat downed 5,223 enemy aircraft during World War II. That is more than any other Allied Aircraft. http://www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org/
This RARE aircraft is based at KVYS and has spent most of its life here. It still has the ORIGINAL ENGINE and ALL OF ITS MAJOR COMPONENTS ARE ORIGINAL. Not bad for a 92 year old bird. Don't miss the rare opportunity to see it in flight. Photo by Mike Fuller
The PBY Catalina is another RARE aircraft that you'll be able to see at this year's event. This flying boat and amphibious aircraft served as a maritime patrol bomber during World War II. This is a rare example that you won't want to miss. Photo by Mike Fuller
The Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin (NATO Reporting Name: Maya) is a Czechoslovakian Trainer that was built for the Soviet Air Force. These aircraft are popular as warbirds in the United States now. Photo by Mike Fuller
Another T-33 will also join the ranks at this year's TBM Gathering. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed F-80/P-80 and was a trainer for the US Air Force & Navy from the 1940s to the 1970s. The Bolivian Air Force utilized it until 2017. Photo by Michael Dziadus
Don’t miss seeing the RARE F-5A Freedom Fighter in flight. This amazing bird is fast and sleek. This supersonic fighter is still in service in many countries. The one participating will be staging out of Rockford. Photo by Trevor Griffis.
JP Mellor will be performing an amazing routine in this World War II Trainer. Photo by Trevor Griffis
We'll have more jets, trainers plus lots more! This list will continue to grow...and you'll never know who may show up! We hope to have 40+ aircraft present. The best way to know what will be here...is to attend.