NEW ATTACK PLANE: DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER LIGHT BOMBER

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NEW ATTACK PLANE: DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER LIGHT BOMBER

From Recognition Journal

In the A-26, a new Douglas light bomber, the Army Air Forces are confident that they have the most versatile attack aircraft in the world. A big brother of the A-20, the A-26 more than duplicates its high performance. Though the A-20 was a fine horizontal, glide, skip and torpedo bomber as wee as successful ground strafe and night-fighter, it could not be quickly adapted to the job at hand. Each change was almost a special modification. This difficulty has been overcome in the A-26. The Invader, as it is tentatively called, is equipped with several all-purpose noses. These vary from lightly armed plastic nose for the bomber version to attack nose that is so thoroughly gunned that it makes the A-26 one of the most heavily armed aircraft in the world. The A-26 can be used as a horizontal bomber, close-support plane or an anti-shipping weapon. Though its normal bomb load is 1,200 lb., it can carry up to two tons.



Recognition-wise, the A-26 Invader has a clear family resemblance to the A-20 Havoc but it differs in many details. The tall fin is square cut. The bottom of the fuselage is almost flat. The outsize nacelles which house the 2,000-hp. Engines extend well forward and aft of the square-tipped wing. The after-section of the fuselage is thinner and less upswept. The wing and tailplane have nearly equal taper on both edges to square tips.

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Huge square tail dominates the A-26’s appearance in most views, and is its chief identifying characteristic. The airplane’s Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engines are mounted in long nacelles which stretch over a third the length of the fuselage. They drive the A-26 over 300 m.p.h.

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Coming at you the A-26 Invader looks square and boxy. This model carries an attack nose. The tall fin and dihedral tailplane resemble A-20’s but the flat broad fuselage is unique.



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Bomber Version has clear plexiglass nose but it is recognitionally similar to the attack types. On all versions, two built-in turrets give ample side and rear fields of fire, make the plane as a strong defensively as offensively. They are mounted in the belly and atop the fuselage.

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Square edges of wings and control surfaces give the A-26 Invader a distinct personality from the A-20 Havoc. The remotely controlled turret in the belly breaks bottom line of fuselage.

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One thought on “NEW ATTACK PLANE: DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER LIGHT BOMBER

  • Bill Getz says:

    The A-26, renamed the B-26 after the Martin B-26 was retired at the end of WW-II was my favorite airplane to fly, at least in the twin-engine class.

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