The combination of firepower and high speed made the Douglas A-26 a highly effective aircraft. Designed as a replacement for the A-20 Havoc, the A-26 met all of its specifications and then some. After World War II it was renamed the B-26 (not to be confused with the Martin B-26 Marauder, which had been retired from the Air Force inventory at the end of the war), and saw service in Korea and Vietnam.
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(updated February 2009)
Douglas A-26C Invader
Type: Attack / Medium Bomber Crew: three Armament: six .50 cal machine guns, plus optionally eight more up to 4000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 51' 3" (16.62 m) Height: 18' 6" (5.64 m) Wingspan: 70' (21.34 m) Wing area: 540 sq. ft (50.17 sq. m) Empty Weight: 22850 lb (10365 kg) Gross Weight: 34927 lb (15873 kg) Max Weight: 35000 lb (15876 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: R-2800-79 Horsepower: 2000 hp each Performance: Range: 1400 miles (2255 km) Cruise Speed: 284 mph (457 km/h) Max Speed: 355 mph (571 km/h) Ceiling: 22100 ft (6735 m)
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