Douglas A-26 Invader. A photo. Characteristics.
Douglas A-26 Invader. A photo. Characteristics.

Douglas A-26 Invader. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: twin-engine bomber shock

Crew: a crew of three

The A-26 "Invader" (Invader) was designed as the successor to the highly successful A-20 aircraft from Douglas. Prototypes XP-26 with Double-Wasp engines from Pratt-Whitney were ordered by the US Air Force in May 1941 in three versions - one with an 75-mm gun, the second in the new fuselage of the radar, four 20-mm cannons firing forward, and Four machine guns in the top turret installation and the third modification - with an optical sight in the navigator's cockpit and two defensive turret installations. The last of the listed modifications was ordered first under the designation A-26B, serial aircraft could carry a double bomb load in comparison with the specified initially.

The first combat flight aircraft made in November 19 1944 years. modification of aircraft A-26V were built in 1355 copies, they were followed by 1091 copy of the modification C (which had a glazed nose. More 450 aircraft in-26 (plane "Indveyder" received a new designation in 1948, after the decommissioning of the last "Meroder" ( Marauder) participated in the fighting in the Korean war, at the same time, the French aircraft used in Indochina. After the French Air Force also used a specially modified aircraft on Mark B 26K in Vietnam.

After decades of military service, some preserved Invader aircraft found the same dangerous occupation in the United States as a civil aircraft fire - 21 aircraft still flying today in that capacity. Even more 25 specimens fly in North America as the former military aircraft, while another instance of flies in North-Western Europe.

Basic data


  • Length: 15,62 m
  • Wingspan: 21,34 m
  • Height: 5,56 m


Power point: two engines R-2800- 79 «Double Wasp" company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 4000 l. from. (2982 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 10 365 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 15 876 kg


Date of first flight:

  • July 10, 1942


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 600 km / h
  • Range: 2253 km


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • 26A A / B / C, B-26V / C / K, Rb-26C, TV 26S, On Mark, Monarch and Marksman