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A-26 "Invader"

Attack aircraft

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A-26 Invader

The A-26, the last aircraft designated as an "attack bomber," was designed to replace the Douglas A-20 Havoc/Boston.

Upon its delivery to the 9th Air Force in Europe in November 1944 (and the Pacific Theater shortly thereafter), the A-26 became the fastest US bomber of WWII.

Specification A-26B «Invader»
Crew 3
Dimensions
Length 15.62m (51 ft 3 in)
Wingspan 21.34m (70 ft 0 in)
Wing area 50.17m2 (540 ft2)
Height 5.64m (18 ft 6 in)
Weight
Empty weight 10,147kg (22,370 lb)
Loaded weight 15,876kg (35,000 lb)
Powerplant
Pratt Whitney R-2800-79
max/nom, hp 2000/1600
Performance
Speed maximum 571 km/h (355 mph)
at altitude 4,570 m (15,000 ft)
Cruise 457km/h (284 mph)
Service ceiling 6736 m (22,100 ft)
Service range 2253 km (1,400 miles)
Armament
Browning M2 in nose 6-8 x 12.7 mm (.50 in)
Browning M2 in wing 6 x 12.7 mm (.50 in)
Browning M2 in turret 4 x 12.7 mm (.50 in)
Internal bomb load 1,814 kg (4,000 lb)

References

  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "American warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/

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