YouTube – A-26 Invader
3 bomber; 2 tanker
Pratt & Whitney
2- 2,000 hp. ea.
51 ft. 3 in.
10- .50 cal.
The A-26 Invader from Douglas was converted to an air tanker with 1,000 gallon capacity tanks after retirement from military service. Their relatively high speed and war bird type handling were ideally suited for their new missions.
The A-26 Invader succeeded its predecessors as a faster and more maneuverable medium bomber, capable of attack missions in support of ground troops.
A prototype first took to the sky on July 10, 1942, with the manufacture of the first production aircraft commencing on August 15, 1943.
During World War II the A-26 Invader first saw action in the Pacific. Soon after, Invader aircraft were in combat over Europe.
After the War, the U.S. Strategic Air Command used the aircraft for reconnaissance missions.
The bomber, flown by Cuban exiles, provided ground support during the Cuban Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Over 2,500 A-26 Invader aircraft of all types were built. The final missions of USAF A-26 Invader aircraft were flown in 1966, after which they were retired. We don’t know of any aircraft still being operated as air tankers.
RC A-26 Invader
Pictured immediately above is the great looking RC RC A-26 Invader from Don Smith Plans built by Frank Annett. Frank’s model has a wingspan of ten feet and is powered by two Saito 300 engines. Recommended for power are twin 1.4 to 2.1 engines
Phoenix Model has the RC A-26 Invader as an ARF. Its wingspan is 90 1/2 in. and length is 66 in. It is made from balsa and plywood and needs a pair of .46 to .55 2C engines or Rimfire 22 motors for power. It comes with working flaps and air retracts. Weight is around 17 lbs.
If you are looking for plans for a larger version of the RC A-26 Invader, Don Smith Plans has them. It has a wingspan of 105 in. and can be powered by two .91 engines.