|Manufacturer||Douglas Aircraft Company|
|Primary Role||Medium Bomber|
|Maiden Flight||10 July 1942|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe A-26 Invader light bombers were delivered to the United States Army Air Force beginning in Aug 1943, and they entered combat on 19 Nov 1944 in Europe. They entered the Pacific War in Jan 1945. Although their service in WW2 was short, they were highly effective and was one of the finer aircraft developed during that period.
ww2dbaseIn 1949, the B-26 Marauder was retired from active service, and the A-26 Invader took over the designation of B-26. A small number were also employed by the United States Navy for utility use under the designations of JD-1, JD-1D, UB-26J, and DB-26J. B-26 Invader bombers were used by the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Some were also seen during conflicts in Cuba and the Congo. After a long career, the last A-26 bomber was retired from service in 1972; it is now in the possession of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, United States.
ww2dbaseDuring the course of the design's production life, 2,452 were built.
Last Major Revision: May 2007
|Machinery||Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 'Double Wasp' radial engines rated at 2,000hp each|
|Armament||8x12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns in nose, 6x in wings, 2x in dorsal turret, 2x in ventral turret, up to 2,700kg of bombs internally, up to 900kg of bombs under wings|
|Wing Area||50.00 m²|
|Weight, Empty||10,365 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||12,519 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||15,900 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||570 km/h|
|Rate of Climb||6.40 m/s|
|Service Ceiling||6,700 m|
|Range, Normal||2,300 km|
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