Friday pictures: Douglas A-26 Invader

If you like planes, you learn over time that the designations for them are not nearly as sensible as the military would like you to think. I will avoid a useless rant about the F-35 here, but it is worth remembering the confusion goes back a way. During WWII, Martin built a plane called the B-26 Marauder and Douglas developed a plane called the A-26 Invader. After the war, the Martin plane was retired and the Douglas plane lived on in an attack role. Yet for a variety of reasons, the USAF renamed the Douglas to be a B-26, forever confusing those of us who care. More background is here.

Fortunately, just as a rose is a rose is a rose, a Douglas Invader is swift and graceful no matter what you call it, easily revealing the DNA of Douglas’s Ed Heinemann in its line (think SBD, AD, A3D, A4D, and D-558 for other great Heinemann designs. So this week, we turn our attention to this fine example of this hardy old marque. My thanks to Flickr photographer -hadlo- for this:

Douglas A-26 (or B-26) Invader
Douglas A-26 (or B-26) Invader

If you like this, I encourage you to check out this summary of all of the aviation photography I have featured here.

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