Photo: 1st TBM Avenger plane arrives to Peru

Event will take place in two weeks, May 14-15, at Illinois Valley Regional Airport

The reunion show may be two weeks away, but the first TBM Avenger plane arrived Saturday at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru for the 2021 TBM Avenger Reunion.

Charles Lynch arrived in his TBM, N3967A, from Florida. Matt Kropp manned the controls.

The TBM Avenger Reunion Show is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru. A veterans parade is scheduled for noon that day.

The largest gathering of TBM Avengers in the United States was put on hold last year during the pandemic, and there were talks of moving the event’s location out of state, but organizers and Peru officials were able to keep the event in La Salle County.

There will be an airshow Friday, May 14, featuring the Aeroshell Acrobatic team with vintage T-6 Texans, sponsored by Marquis Industrial Park.

Go to tbmreunion.org or the TBM Avenger Reunion Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TBMAvengerAirShowPeruIL for more information.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.