Douglas B-26K Invader

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
56th Special Operations Wing, Nakhon Phanom Air Base, Thailand, 1968-69
Designation
B-26K
Serial Number
64-17653

Douglas B-26K Invader

The B-26K is a modified and remanufactured A-26B originally built during World War II. On Mark Engineering of California rebuilt aging Douglas B-26Bs during 1964 and 1965 for use in the Vietnam War. Due to political considerations the aircraft were called A-26A during their deployment to Thailand with the 609th Special Operations Squadron. Their duties in Vietnam primarily consisted of interdicting the flow of North Vietnamese supplies and troops down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Invaders served until 1969 when the last of them were returned to the United States.

Specifications
Wingspan 71 ft 6 in
Length 51 ft 7 in
Height 19 ft
Weight 37,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 327 mph
Service Ceiling 30,500 ft
Range 1,480 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-52W radial, 2,500 horsepower
Crew 2