Ever since N5457V, the first A-26 converted to
a fire tanker by Aero Atlas back in 1959, this highly manoeuvrable, single pilot, Ex-WWII attack aircraft has proven
its worth in the wildfire theatre of operations, due to its speed, flight duration ( 5 Hours ), Range (1,200 Miles
) and ability to carry a good fire retardent load of 760 US gallons, the A-26 Invader became the mainstay in the battle
to deal with the ever growing problem of forrest fires in both Canada and the United States, with some 45-50 A-26 Invader's
being converted for Air tanker or drop planes of some or other description.
And to prove the durability of the A-26, N5457V as mentioned above
still flies today, owned and operated by David R. Lane.