Designation: A-26C

Douglas A-26C

Douglas A-26C Invader

A picture of the Douglas A-26C Invader

The Douglas A-26 Invader is a light attack bomber.  First proposed in January 1941, the B-26 had its first flight July 10, 1942.  Production delays resulted in a twenty-eight month delay from the first flight to the Invader entering combat.  Over 2000 Invaders were eventually built during the last half of World War II.  Two versions of the Invader were built; the A-26B was equipped with a solid nose and up to 14 machine guns in the nose and wings, the A-26C had a transparent nose to allow for a bombardier to help improve level-bombing accuracy.  After World War II the A-26 was redesignated as B-26 and it was under this designation that they continued to serve through the Vietnam War.

Wingspan 70 ft

Wingspan

Length 51 ft 3 in.

Length

Height 18 ft 3 in.

Height

Weight 35,000 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 355 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 22,100 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,400 miles

Range

Engines Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 radials with 2,000 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 3

Crew


Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
319th Bomb Group, Okinawa, 1945

Serial Number
43-22494

Designation
A-26C

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