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
Source    ww2dbaseC. C. Francom
Identification Code   CV-14-443 (2)
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 12 Jul 2008

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

LOOKS LIKE I'M GOIN FOR A SWIM... 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 CARRIER AIRCRAFT MISHAP: 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. CAUSE OF MISHAP: THIS WOULD NOT BE CONDIDERED PILOT ERROR, BUT A MECHANICAL FALT 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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