Douglas A-26 Invader in flight
Douglas A-26 Invader in flight

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) was a U.S.-designed twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft.

Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified United States Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Asia until 1969.

The A-26 was renamed to the B-26 between 1948 and 1965.

This re-designation from A-26 to B-26 led to confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder, which first flew in November 1940, some 20 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight.

Of the 2,500 A-26 Invaders built during WWII, there are many surviving aircraft around the world, many of which are located in the United States, some on static display, some are airworthy. Shown below are examples of modern-day nose art on restored A-26 bombers.

Nose Art on Restored Douglas A-26 Bombers

A-26C (B-26C) Invader, S/N 435733, on display at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio
B-26C (A-26C) Invader, S/N 435733, on display at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio
Tail section of the B-26C Invader, S/N 43-5733, Buzz Number BC-733
Tail section of the B-26C Invader, S/N 43-5733, Buzz Number BC-733
A-26 Invader "Dream Girl" at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB
A-26 Invader "Dream Girl" at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB

 

A-26C Invader "Reida Rae" S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Musem in Windsor Locks, CT
A-26C Invader "Reida Rae" S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Musem in Windsor Locks, CT
A-26C Invader S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Musem
A-26C Invader S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Musem
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Hard to Get"
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Hard to Get"
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Versatile Lady" at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Versatile Lady" at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Late Date"
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Late Date"
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Miss Murphy"
Nose art on A-26 Invader "Miss Murphy"

 


 

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