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Douglas A/B-26 Invader

Rude Invader














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The Museum's A-26 was donated by Mr. Vern Reyburn, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eclipse Aviation Corporation. The donation was arranged by Mr. Frank Lang, who was Mr. Reyburn's Chief Pilot on the MATS Constellation. The Belk Foundation, of Charlotte, North Carolina donated the funds to transport this historic aircraft from Tom Reilly's restoration facility in Kissimee, Florida, back to the Museum. The aircraft will undergo a complete restoration to its former glory by Museum staff

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Serial #: 44-35752
Construction #:
  29031
Civil Registration:
  N8627E
  CF-KBZ
  C-FKBZ
  N81797
Model(s):
  A-26C
  B-26C
  TB-26C
Name: Rude Invader
Status: Stored
Last info: 2006

 

History:

31 May 1945

Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa OK and delivered to the USAAF

May 1945
To Tulsa Modification Center OK
August 1945
To Salinas AAF CA (Fourth Air Force)
September 1945
To Love AAF TX
October 1945
To 4255th AAF Base Unit (Air Materiel Command), Grenada AAF MS (for storage)
February 1946
To 4160th AAF Base Unit (AMC), Hobbs AAF NM (storage)
June 1947
To 4127th AF Base Unit (AMC), McClellan AFB CA
March 1948
To 401st AF Base Unit (Air Defense Command), Hamilton AFB CA (to B-26C)
September 1948
To 78th Air Base Group (ADC), Hamilton AFB
October 1948
To 78th Maintenance Support Group (ADC), Hamilton AFB
Noverber 1949
To 3499th Technical Training Wing (Air Training Command), Chanute AFB IL
January 1950
To 2753rd Aircraft Storage Squadron (AMC), Pyote AFB TX
Novermber 1950
To Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB VA (to TB-26C)
May 1951

To Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB VA (to TB-26C)

January 1954
To 4500th Headquarters Support Squadron (TAC), Langley AFB
April 1958
To Arizona Aircraft Storage Branch (AMC), Davis-Monthan AFB AZ
August 1958
Dropped from inventory as surplus
1966

Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, Kansas Registered at N8627E

Planned Conversion to Monarch 26, not completed, Open Storage Hutchinson, KS

1969
Donaire, Inc. Pheonix, Arizona
1970 - 1971
Thomas W Hammon, Pheonix, Arizona
6/1972 - 1973
Kenting Aircraft, Ltd, Toronto, Ontario Registered as CF-KBZ
1973 - 1988
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC Registered as C-FKBZ
1979
Registered as C-FKBZ , Flew as Tanker #27
1/15/1988
Canadian Warplane Heritage, Mount Hope, Ontario
6/1989
Courtesy Aircraft Inc, Rockford, IL, Registered as N81797
1989
Vern Rayburn, Boston, MA, - Flew as 435752/Rude Invader
1991
Withdrawn from use, stored Reilly Aviation, Kissimee, FL
2/2006
Donated to Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, NC

















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