Douglas A-26 Invader

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Douglas A-26 Invader
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Type Light bomber
Author(s) Emmanuel Baranger (3D)
JC_SV (panel)
FDM YASim
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Status Beta
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The Douglas A-26 Invader (B-26 between 1948–1965) was a United States twin-engined light attack bomber built by the Douglas Aircraft Co. during World War II.

History

The A-26 was in service around the world from World War Two until the 1980s, when the Colombian Air Force finally retired their A-26s.

Specs

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
  • Wingspan: 70 ft 0 in (21.34 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 3 in (5.64 m)
  • Wing area: 540 ft² (50 m²)
  • Empty weight: 22,850 lb (10,365 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 27,600 lb (12,519 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 35,000 lb (15,900 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 "Double Wasp" radial engine, 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 355 mph (308 kn, 570 km/h)
  • Range: 1,400 mi (1,200 nmi, 2,300 km)
  • Service ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,250 ft/min (6.4 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 51 lb/ft² (250 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.145 hp/lb (108 W/kg)

Armament

  • 6 or 8 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in solid, "all purpose" nose: or 2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns in glass "bombardier" nose
  • Up to 8 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns paired in four optional under wing pods: or 3 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns in each outer wing panel
  • 2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns in remote-controlled dorsal turret
  • 2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns in remote-controlled ventral turret
  • Rockets: Up to 10 5-inch (12.7 cm) HVAR rockets on "zero length" launch pylons, five under each outer wing panel
  • Bombs: Up to 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) capacity - 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) in the bomb bay plus 2,000 lb (910 kg) carried externally on underwing hardpoints