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Douglas A-26C "Invader"

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 that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts. A limited number of highly modified aircraft served in combat until 1969. The last A-26 was retired from military service in 1972 by the National Guard Bureau and donated to the National Air and Space Museum.

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History of Our Plane

Douglas A-26C "Invader"

Nov 1944    

Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, CA 
Delivered to USAAF as A-26B-30DL 41-39359 
Saw service in Europe with the 9th Air Force during the Battle of the Bulge. 
Served during the Korean War with the 3rd Bomb Wing, Far East Air Forces, Kunsan AB, Korea.
unknown    Stored, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ.

Nov 1956    

Put up for disposal


Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA 
Registered as N91281


Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, 
Registered as CF-BMR 
Flew as tanker #21


Registered as C-FBMR

Jan 1987    

Jerry C. Janes, Rockford, IL, Jan. 24, 1987

Nov 1987-1998    

Robert J. Pond/Planes Of Fame East, Minneapolis, MN 
Registered as N26BP
Flew as 39386/21


Bob Pond/Pond Warbirds LLC/Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA 
Flown as 39359/21 "Invader"'

April 2008  

 Purchased by Rick Sharpe for the Marine Aviation Museum
Currently being prepped for ferry to Houston.

May 2008    

Aircraft ferried to Houston's Hobby Airport for further work.

Some plexiglass replaced, repainted blue markings (minus the "21" on tail) and name changed to "Guns for Hire". Returned to air show service.
39359 has been converted to an A-26C with the installation of a glass nose. It has not been determined when this was done.

Technical Specifications

  • Wing Span:  70 ft

  • Length:  51 feet 3 inches

  • Height:  18 feet 6 inches

  • Engine:  (2) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-799-cylinder radial, 2,000hp

  • Empty Weight:  22,850 pounds

  • Gross Weight:  34,927 pounds

  • Cruise Speed:  284mph

  • Maximum Speed:  355mph

  • Range:  3,200 nautical miles

  • Crew:  3

  • Number Built:  2,502

  • Model:  A-26C

  • Year Built:  1944

  • Bureau #:  39359

  • C/N:  7072

  • Civil Registration:  NX26BP

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