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Viking Warrior
June 27, 2002, 22:34
I think the the tail gunner has been placed in the wrong location?

awp101
June 27, 2002, 22:38
For the record, that's an A-26 Invader...:rolleyes:

Stoney
June 27, 2002, 22:42
Fun airplane, but harder to fly then the B-25. But then again I have more time in the B-25 then the A-26:)

Antares
June 28, 2002, 02:03
LMFAO :D

RRotz
June 28, 2002, 02:13
Originally posted by awp101
For the record, that's an A-26 Invader...:rolleyes:

Scary that you came up with the answer so quickly!!

:eek:

colt88
June 28, 2002, 02:34
Damn I though That those fan thingies were susposed to go arouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuund.

awp101
June 28, 2002, 07:18
Originally posted by RRotz
Scary that you came up with the answer so quickly!!:eek:
Fruits of a misspent youth.

I've studied military history since I was 8 or so (OK, back then it was just looking at cool planes and tanks...;)) with WWII being a specialty of mine.

EMDII
June 28, 2002, 08:19
Douglas Invader IIRC?

Nicer to fly than a Martin B-26, by a long shot! I've flown in a COIN version produced in Tampa a few years back. VERY fast, new turboprops, takeoff like a fighter, and some serious maneuver. High wing loading made it rock steady at low altitude.

The bombardier is a nice touch!
:o:

FALPhil
June 28, 2002, 08:40
Is he preparing for a bomb run now? :wow:

Originally posted by EMDII
The bombardier is a nice touch!
:o:

TXVEPR
June 28, 2002, 10:27
awp101,

Actually, For the record, thats a big,fat,hairy,pasty, a#$, er , moon!

awp101
June 28, 2002, 22:46
Originally posted by TXVEPR
awp101,

Actually, For the record, thats a big,fat,hairy,pasty, a#$, er , moon!
Yikes! You paid WAY more attention to that than I did...:eek:

The B26 was also known as the "Baltimore Whore".

Do you know why?

It was said she had no visible means of support...(referring to the long, thin wings and that the Martin company was based in Baltimore)

Antares
June 28, 2002, 23:21
how bout this one ....

http://www.strangecosmos.com/images/picturejokes/3536.jpg

awp101
June 28, 2002, 23:29
Ewww. Either a nosed over DC3 or C46. Don't remember enough about the fin shapes to recognize w/o finding my reference books.:fal: :sleep:

awp101
June 28, 2002, 23:31
DC3. C46 is more rounded back there.

Well at least I will be able to sleep now... :rolleyes:

Rev. Choda Batter
June 28, 2002, 23:34
What a target!!!

Stoney
June 28, 2002, 23:35
DC-3 at Fantesy of Flight on the way to Tampa from Orlando. Been there, done that. Note: dummy hanging from tail wheel.:smile:

SJetwrench
June 29, 2002, 04:02
The thing about the A-26 Invader was after it dropped it's bomb load it was faster than a ME-109 and some of the pilots went Messerschitt hunting!:cool: :cool:


It's easier to apologize,then ask premission"

archy
July 01, 2002, 15:06
Originally posted by awp101
DC3. C46 is more rounded back there.

Well at least I will be able to sleep now... :rolleyes:

This should give you a nightmare or two....

http://www.popularaviation.com/PhotoGallery/159.jpg

archy
July 01, 2002, 15:19
Back in 1993 I was the safety officer [sorta like making Jesse James a bank president] at an airfield in Southern Illinois where they were holding the national Formula V air races championship, a WWII warbird flyin, and the annual reunion of the WWII aviators who had trained at the base.

During one of the briefings for the race pilots, the field PA announced *will the pilots all report to the second floor lounge for a briefing....* and there were some 70 veterans of the 8th and other Air Forces, pilots of B17s, B24s, 29s 25s 26s- the works, as well as cargo plane drivers and operators of such twin-engined aircraft as P61 *Black Widows.* I was about to chase those guys out of the briefing, and instead asked them to consider our safety program against their experience and training, which we valued. They were touched, and though their contribution was minimal, it really was appreciated by the young racers.

When I went back downstairs for a coke after our airport manager was giving his end of the ops report, there was one guy still sitting downstairs. *Hey, why aren't you upstairs at the pilots briefing* asks I....

Oh, I'm not a pilot, just a navigator-bombardier...says he. He looked sorta familiar though, and as I dragged him on upstairs with me anyway, I said so, and he says, *Well, I dropped an atomic bomb on Japan back in August, 1945....*

I guess that's *almost* as good as being a pilot....


One of the A26 pilots there was the first one who had shot down a Messerschmit with his bomber...but not a '109, this guy had to show off and splash a ME262 jet....

-archy-/-

agent1
July 01, 2002, 15:35
nostelgia is nice I like old war planes.

ProGun1
July 01, 2002, 15:52
Just info, There was the Martin B-26 of the "one a day in Tampa bay" fame and the Douglas(depicted) A-26 to become the B-26. A little numbers confusion for some but different aircraft.

awp101
July 01, 2002, 22:09
Originally posted by ProGun1
Just info, There was the Martin B-26 of the "one a day in Tampa bay" fame and the Douglas(depicted) A-26 to become the B-26. A little numbers confusion for some but different aircraft.
And to thoroughly confuse you now...

The Martin B26 was retired after WWII, but the Douglas A26 was retained.

During Korea the A26's were used as ground attack a/c BUT redesignated B26 (I do not recall why, but I seem to recall it was for political purposes ).

They carried the B designation into Vietnam as well.

Clear as mud now?;):p:D