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Douglas A-26C Invader Bomber Plane

The Douglas A-26C/B26C Invader was a WW2 US twin-engine light attack bomber which served with US military forces from 1943 to 1972 with a total production of 2452 aircraft. The most notable action the Douglas Invader was involved with was probably the CIA backed attack by Cuban exiles in April 1961 during the "Bay of Pigs invasion" where the aircraft were tasked with the destruction of Fidel Castro's air force, to increase their element of surprise they were painted with Cuban Air Force markings but never the less failed.

Douglas A-26 Invader Bomber Plane

 
Douglas A-26C Invader Specifications:
  • 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 ft (50 m)
  • 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)
  • Engines: Twin 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 "Double Wasp" radials
  • Maximum speed: 355 mph (308 knots, 570 km/h)
  • Range: 1,400 mi (1,200 nm, 2,300 km)#
  • Service ceiling 22,000 ft (6,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,250 ft/min (6.4 m/s)

Douglas A-26C Invader Armament:

  • Six nose mounted 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns
  • Eight optional under-wing 0.50 in M2 machine guns
  • Twin remote-controlled dorsal turret mounted 0.50 in M2 machine guns
  • Twin remote-controlled ventral turret mounted 0.50 in M2 machine guns
  • 4,000 lb of bombs in the bomb bay
  • 2,000 lb under-wing mounted bombs
 

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