DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER

A-26 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA.
Model: ?
Designations: A-26; B-26, JD
Names: Invader; Counter Invader (B-26K)
First official flight: (XA-26) 10/07/1942
Factory production period: 1942 - 1945
Primary service period: 1944 - 1969
Last official flight: (VB-26B) 1972

A-26 VARIANTS

1942 Model: ? XA-26 1  
1942 Model: ? XA-26A 1  
1942 Model: ? XA-26B 1 Total: 0003
         
1943 Model: ? A-26B 1355  
1943 Model: ? A-26C 1091 Total: 2446
         
1945 Model: ? XA-26D 1  
1945 Model: ? XA-26E 1  
1945 Model: ? XA-26F 1 Total: 0003

Grand Total: 2452

A-26 PRODUCTION

XA-26
Prototype twin engined attack bomber, glass nose.
Produced 1942

Douglas El Segundo, California (DE)

41-19504 1004 1 Total: 0001

XA-26A
Prototype night-fighter version, solid nose with radar,
20mm cannon in ventral tray.
Produced 1942

Douglas El Segundo, California (DE)

41-19505 1005

1

Total: 0001

XA-26B
Prototype ground-attack version, solid nose with
75mm cannon.
Produced 1942

Douglas El Segundo, California (DE)

41-19588 1006 1 Total: 0001

A-26A - Production order cancelled.

A-26B
As XA-26B, solid nose (6 guns), dorsal turret, ventral turret.
Later aircraft had modified enlarged canopy and 8 gun nose.
Produced 1943 - 1945

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

41-39100 / 41-39151 6813 / 6864    
41-39153 / 41-39192 6866 / 6905    
41-39194 6907    
41-39196 / 41-39198 6909 / 6911    
41-39201 / 41-39599 6914 / 7312    
44-34098 / 44-34585 27377 / 27864    
44-34587 / 44-34753 27866 / 28032

1150

 
44-34754 / 44-34775
- Contract cancelled, many
completed and sold on
civil market.
28033 / 28054    
44-34777 / 44-35197
- Contract cancelled, many
completed and sold on
civil market.
28056 / 28476    

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

43-22252 / 43-22303 18399 / 18450    
43-22305 / 43-22307 18452 / 18454    
43-22313 / 43-22345 18460 / 18492    
43-22350 / 43-22466 18497 / 18613 205 Total: 1355

XA-26C - Projected prototype with nose mounted 20mm cannon, cancelled.

A-26C
As A-20B, glass nose.
Produced 1943 - 1945

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

41-39152, 41-39193 6865, 6906    
41-39195, 41-39199 6908, 6912    
41-39200 6913

5

 

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

43-22304 18451    
43-22308 / 43-22312 18455 / 18459    
43-22346 / 43-22349 18493 / 18496    
43-22467 / 43-22751 18614 / 18898    
44-35198 / 44-35562 28477 / 28841    
44-35564 / 44-35947 28843 / 29226    
44-35948 / 44-35952
- All completed and
sold on the civil market.
29227 / 29231    
44-35953 29232    
44-35954
- Cancelled before
completion.
29233    
44-35955 29234    
44-35956
- Completed, sold
on civil market.
29235    
44-35957 / 44-35996 29236 / 29275 1086 Total: 1091
44-35997 / 44-36797
- Contract cancelled, some
aircraft completed then
scrapped.
29276 / 30076    
44-36798 / 44-37996
- Contract cancelled.
-    

XA-26D
Prototype (A-26B), engine upgrade, solid nose.
Produced 1945

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

44-34776 28055 1 Total: 0001

A-26D - 1945, order for 750 A-26D-DL, cancelled after VJ Day.

XA-26E
Prototype (A-26C), engine upgrade, glass nose.
Produced 1945

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

44-35563 28842 1  Total: 0001

A-26E - 1945, order for 1250 A-26E-DT, cancelled after VJ Day.

XA-26F
Prototype (A-26B), engine upgrade with fuselage mounted jet engine.
Redesignated as XB-26F in 1948.
Produced 1945

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

44-34586 27865 1 Total: 0001

A-26Z - 1945, projected post-war version as the A-26G and A-26H, cancelled after VJ Day.

Grand Total: 2452+
Additional aircraft completed, then sold on civil market.

A-26 CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

USAAF / USAF

FA-26C 1+ A-26C, 1945, night reconnaissance aircraft with cameras and radar.
(RB-26C) 1+  1948, redesignation of FA-26C.
(RB-26L) 2 RB-26C, 1963, night reconnaissance aircraft used in South Vietnam.
B-26B / B-26C 1948, redesignation of A-26B and A-26C
CB-26B/C 1+ Cargo transports.
DB-26B/C 1+ Drone control (RPV) conversions.
EB-26B/C 1 Aircraft used for missile guidance research.
JB-26B/C 1+ Permanent conversions for testing.
RB-26B/C 1+ Reconnaissance conversions.
TB-26B/C 1+ Target-tugs and advanced trainers with dual controls.
VB-26B/C 1+ VIP transports.
YB-26K-OM 1 Counter Invader
B-26C, 1963, prototype heavily modified counter-insurgency aircraft.
Wing structure / tail / engine / prop / cockpit / armament upgrade,
wingtip fuel tanks, turrets deleted, other minor upgrades.
Conversion by On Mark Engineering Co., Van Nuys, California (OM).
New s/n: 63-5634, "6" added to the original s/n: 44-35634.
B-26K-OM 40 Counter Invader
18 B-26B / 22 B-26C, 1964-1969, modified similar to YB-26K, further engine
upgrade. Conversions by On Mark Engineering Co., Van Nuys,
California (OM). New s/n: 64-17640 / 64-17679.
(RB-26K) 40 B-26K, 1964-1969, designation after glass nose change for night reconn.
(A-26A-OM) 40 B-26K, 1966-1969, redesignation for service in Thailand / Vietnam.

US Navy

XJD-1 2 1 A-26B / 1 A-26C, 1945, prototypes for US Navy testing.
Assigned BuNo. 57990, 57991.
JD-1 150 A-26C, 1945, US Navy target towing / utility duty conversions.
Assigned BuNo. 77139 / 77224, 80621, 80622 - all these undelivered
or ex. RAF airframes, 89072 / 89081, 140326 / 140377.
(UB-26J) 1+ 1962, redesignation of JD-1.
(JD-1D) 1+ JD-1, 1945, aircraft modified as missile / drone directors.
(DB-26J) 1+ 1962, redesignation of JD-1D.

British RAF

Invader B.Mk. I

140

A-26C, 1944, order for RAF (KL690 / KL829), cancelled in 1945.
2 were delivered (KL690, KL691), but not put in service,
to US Navy in 1947 as BuNo. 80621, 80622.
86 undelivered airframes to US Navy in 1945 with
BuNo. 77139 / 77224.

Civil Conversions

L.B. Smith Aircraft Corp., Florida conversions:
Smith Biscayne 26 - high-speed version, 15 passengers.
Smith Super 26
- wingtip tanks, executive interior.
Smith Tempo I
- unpressurized.
Smith Tempo II
- 1959, 1, fuselage ext., pressurized.

Lockheed Air Service Inc. (LAS), California conversion:
Super 26 - 1960, 1, new pressurized fuselage.

On Mark Engineering Co., California conversions:
On Mark Marketeer - unpressurized Marksman C.
On Mark Marksman A
- pressurized.
On Mark Marksman B
- pressurized.
On Mark Marksman C
- pressurized.

Rhodes Berry Co., California conversion:
Silver Sixty - 1960, fuselage revised for up to 16 passengers.

Rock Island Oil & Refining Co., Kansas conversions:
Monarch 26 - 1960's, 4, longer nose, systems upgrades.
Consort 26 - 3, research prototypes.

- Other conversions by Aero Trades Inc., CA., Grand Central Aircraft Co., CA.,
  LeTourneau, TX., Slick Airways and Wold Corp.


FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - A-26's in military service with Biafra, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia,
   Congolese Republic, Cuba, Cuban Rebel Air Force, Dominican Republic,
   El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico,
   Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Vietnam, Turkey,
   and West Germany.
 - Many more flown in foreign countries on CIA clandestine missions.
 - Many used on civil markets for fire-bombing, aerial mapping, surveying,
   cargo carriers, executive transports, circuit racers and warbirds etc.

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