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Douglas A/B-26 Invader

43-22652 - Travis AFB














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Above, when she was N8018E

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Above, when she was C-GHCE

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Above is 43-22652 photographed by
Dave Borgens ( Above 5 shots ) and taken at Travis A.F.B. in California.
The camera he used was a Panasonic DMC-TZ3 Lumix, with a Leica 28mm wide angle 10X optical zoom.
 
This invader has an interesting backstory. The A-26 Dave photographed at Travis AFB is not an On Mark B-26K / A-26A Counter Invader as at first glance it appears to be. It was restored for display to represent a Counter Invader as used flying out of NKP in Thailand.
 
The “ TA 652 “ is accurate and appropriate for one used in Thailand, and the base aircraft coincidently has a serial number ending with the same last three numbers ( 652 ) as the On Mark “ K “ conversion.
 
The Travis Invader:
 
A-26C-25-DT    sn  43-22652 / cn  18779    Civil registrations  :    N8018E,  C-GHCE ( Conair Tanker #30 ),  N9402Z
 
 
The original Invader On Mark converted:
 
A-26B-55-DL    sn  44-34361 / cn  27640
On Mark Serial Number  :    64-17652

Serial #: 43-22652
Construction #: 18799
Civil Registration:
  N8018E
  C-GHCE
Model(s):
  A-26C
  B-26C
  TB-26C
Name: None
Status: Display
Last info: 2002
  History:
Delivered to USAAf as 43-22652
- Delivered to Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, for storage, Feb. 1958.
L.B. Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL.
- Registtered as N8018E.
Aerojet General Corp/Aerojet Electrosystems, Azusa, CA, 1961-1972.
- Used as testbed for military tracking systems.
Arthur W. McDonnell, Mojave, CA, Sept. 7, 1973-1974.
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, June 1974-1988.
- Registered as C-GHCE.
- Flew as tanker #30.
- Damaged from gear-up landing, Williams Lake, BC, Aug. 7, 1974.
- Repaired to airworthy.
USAFM, Travis AFB, CA, July 18, 1988-1991.
- Displayed as B-26K/USAF/43-652/TA652.

 
















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