By E. R. Johnson
This publication presents a concise historic survey of some of the sorts of plane utilized by the USA military Air Corps, military Air Forces, and Air strength, and the army and Marine Corps to complete air assault missions due to the fact that 1926. The textual content covers 4 varieties of fixed-wing plane: exact assault airplane; mild, medium, and tactical bombers; fighter-bombers; and tailored assault airplane.
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Of bombs carried in an internal bomb bay and 2,000-lbs of bombs or rockets on underwing pylons. Performance: Max. , maximum 3,200 mi. Weights: 22,362-lbs. empty, 35,000-lbs. loaded. Dimensions: Span 70 feet, length 50 ft. 8 in, wing area 540 sq. ft. Regarded by many as the best propeller-driven light bomber ever produced, the Douglas A-26 began life in late 1940 as joint venture between Douglas Aircraft at El Segundo under the leadership of Edward Heinemann and the Air Corps’ Experimental Engineering Section at Wright Field, Ohio.
Eventually, in late 1941, they were taken into Army service in the Philippines under the designation A-27. Thirty very similar NA-72s were sold to Brazil in 1940. , Burbank, California. Total produced: 2,942 (all versions, including exports) Power plant: Two 1,200-hp Wright R-1820–87 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled engines driving three-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers. 30-cal. 50-caliber machine gun in a dorsal position, up to 1,400-lbs. of bombs (or depth charges) carried in an internal bomb bay.
In the Mediterranean, starting in early 1945, A-26Bs and Cs joined the 47th Bombardment Group, 12th AF and flew combat sorties alongside its A-20s during the last four months of the war. As block 30 A-26B/Cs with improved canopies became available, A-26s began reequipping the 3rd Bombardment Group, 5th AF in the Southwest Paciﬁc during the summer of 1945 and commenced combat operations in July. The 319th Bombardment Group, 7th AF in the Central paciﬁc was in the process of conversion when hostilities ended in August 1945.
American Attack Aircraft Since 1926 by E. R. Johnson