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The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948–1965) was a United States twin-engined light attack bomber built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. After World War II it was used during several of the Cold War's major conflicts, like Korea and Vietnam. A limited number of highly modified aircraft (designation A-26 restored) served in combat until 1969. It had the R-2800 engine. Several were also used by smaller air forces until the 1970s.

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Invader A-26C

Serial 43-22494.

This aircraft is located at the Pima Air & Space museum, Tucson, Arizona (USA)

Photographed February 2011 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

 


Invader B-26K (A-26A)

This B-26K serial 64-17653, 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 to interdict enemy supply routes. This aircraft was seen at the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona (USA)

Photographed February 2011 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

second series photos, photographed November 2016:


Invader A-26C

Code "JD-1", serial 44-35721 with "NAVY" markings (civil registration N9425Z). It is named "Invader" and located at Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California.

Photographed February 2011 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!


Invader A-26C

This aircraft USAF ser.4353323 is now at the Planes of Fame museum (location Valle, AZ). It has civil registration N8026E.

Photographed 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!


Invader B-26 Indonesia 

This aircraft, now coded "M-265" with a shark painted nose, was used by the Indonesian air force from 1962 in several local armed operations. It was put on display in 1978 at the Indonesian Air Force Museum "Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala" at Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia.

Photographed 2016 by Henk Hirs (C) Copyright!


A-26B  

This A-26B aircraft coded USAF "434765" with code "J-AN" has nickname "mission completed". It is preserved at Brussel armed forces museum ("Musée Royal de l'Armée") at the Jubelpark in Brussel (Belgium).

Photographed 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright!


OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION A-26
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.


Several plastic scale models exist of the Douglas A-26. Old models had odd scales like a FROG 1/122 kit and a Sanwa kit in 1/100. Airfix had an old 1/72 kit with now a much better Italeri offering. Revell/ Monogram in 1/48 scale (re-issued numerous times). ID Models (Tigger) had a very basic 1/32 vacuform.

 

 This walk around page was first created by M. de Vreeze November 2014