EWING, N.J.—Celebrating a piece of Ewing Township and Mercer County’s history, County Executive Brian M. Hughes today unveiled a historical model and display to celebrate the TBM Avenger aircraft in the terminal of Trenton-Mercer Airport.
“Trenton-Mercer Airport’s connection to Ewing, with regard to the creation and testing of the Avenger, made this re-location a perfect choice” began Hughes. “As our Country progresses into the 21st century, reminders of our shared past such as these will continue to remind us of Mercer County’s role in history”.
The former General Motors/Eastern Aircraft division plant in Ewing Township was responsible for wartime production of the plane, and rolled its first TBM Avenger torpedo bomber aircraft off the assembly line in 1942. The planes conducted their test flights at Trenton-Mercer Airport before departing for action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. With a range of 1,000 miles and weapons payload of 2,000 pounds, the Avenger was a critical weapon in the American arsenal during World War II.
The display was previously located near the entrance to the Ewing Township Municipal Building, which is currently being remodeled. The model and display were donated to Mercer County by Ewing Township for keep in a safe, permanent display area