Douglas A/B-26 Invader

Stahmann Farms Inc,

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One of several other smaller ( aviation ) companies that undertook modifications to the Invader, Stahmann Farms of Las Cruces NM. also modified and converted 44-34524 ( N558, N58Y and HK-999E ) and was a one-off, modified in 1964, for extra long-range using a Marksmans wing with tip tanks and flew from Minnesota to Prestwick, with routing from Madrid to Iceland.
Spares for this aircraft were salvaged from an unidentified Marksman badly damaged by fire at Phoenix AZ.
It actually looked like a Marketeer but was not and is an airframe that has caused some confusion over the years.
There is evidence that Stahmann Farmes Inc, also undertook modification work for Rock Island, to upgrade Invaders to the Monarch 26 and was possibly involved in Air tanker conversions in order to maintain their vast operating portfolio of farming.
Stahmann Farms Inc. Las Cruces, NM. used Harpoon N6655D (15-1600) between 1961 - 1984 for frost control flights over Stahmann's 4000 acre (16188 hectares) pecan nut plantation in New Mexico. The aircraft would be dispatched usually between 3 and 4 a.m and would be directed from the ground to areas that were in danger of freezing. It was flown at between 75-100ft (22.8-30.4m) above tree top level to deflect the warmer air downwards. To increase the down wash the aircraft was flown with its spray tanks full of water. This aircraft was to have been converted to a long range transport for Dean Stahmann and his family to transport them to Peru in case of war - this was at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, there was the possibility of a proprietary conflict with the Howard 500 and therefore Stahmann chose a A-26B for this role.



Serial #: 44-34607
Construction #: 27886
Civil Registration:
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1974
Delivered to USAAF as 44-34607.
- To Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ for storage, Feb. 1957-1958.
Hamilton Aircraft Co, Tucson, AZ, June 1958.
Stahmann Farms Inc, Las Cruces, NM, 1966-1969
- Registered as N8395H.
- Open storage, unconverted, Tucson, AZ, 1958-1968.
Convair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, May 1971
- Registered as CF-FBV
- Flew as tanker #23.
- Crashed & destroyed, Mt. Bowman, near Clinton, BC, Aug. 7, 1974.


Serial #: 44-35581
Construction #: 28860
Civ. Registration:
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1982
Delivered to USAAF as 44-35581.
- Sold as surplus, June 11, 1958.
Stahmann Farms Inc, Las Cruces, NM, 1963-1964.
- Registered as N3485G.
M. S. Jovenich, New York, NY, 1966.
Hamilton Aircraft Co., Tucson, AZ, 1969.
Aircraft Surplus Co., Tucson, AZ, 1970-1972.
Air Spray Ltd, Red Deer, Alberta< June 1976-1982
- Registered as C-GWJG
- Flew as tanker #9
- Crashed near Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, July 1, 1982.


Serial #: 44-34423
Construction #: 27702
Civil Registration:
  On Mark (See History)
Name: None
Status: Display
Last info: 2002




Built as A-26B-56-DL, 44-34423, by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California.


Jun 4, 1945. Delivered to the USAAF. To 4127th AAF Base Unit (Air Materiel Command) at McClellan AAF, California storage

Feb 1949.... To Sacramento Air Materiel Command at McClellan AAF storage (redesignated as a B-26B)

Feb 1951.... To Douglas Aircraft at Long Beach overhaul

Apr 1951.... To Ogden Air Materiel Area, Hill AFB, Utah converted to B-26C and prepared for delivery to the Far East Air Force for the Korean War

May 1951... To 3rd Bombardment Wing (Light), FEAF, Iwakuni AB, Japan

Jul 1951...... To 13th Aircraft Repair Station, FEAF, Tachikawa AB, Japan

Aug 1951... To 452nd Bombardment Wing (Light), FEAF, Pusan AB, Korea and Miho AB, Japan

May 1952... To 17th Bombardment Wing (Light), FEAF, Pusan AB, Korea and Miho AB, Japan

Mar 1953... To 6408th Maintenance Support Group, FEAF, Kisarazu AB, Japan

May 1953... To San Francisco, California

Jul 1953...... To Ogden Materiel Area, Hill AFB, Utah converted back to B-26B

Apr 1954.... To 184th Reconnaissance (Tactical) Squadron (Air National Guard), Fort Smith MAP, Arizona

Nov 1956... To 184th Bomber (Tactical) Squadron (ANG), Rosecrans MAP, St. Joseph, Montana

Jul 1957...... To Arizona Aircraft Storage Branch (AMC), Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

Jan 1958..... Dropped from inventory

Oct 1960.... To Stahmann Farms, Las Cruces, New Mexico as N9594Z. Initially delivered to Hamilton Aircraft at Tucson, Arizona for removal of military equipment

Jan 1961..... To new airfield at Stahmann Farms. Used as a corporate transport and to protect pecan crops from spring and fall frosts. Converted as a long-range Cold War escape vehicle to Peru with addition of nose fuel cell, On Mark tip tanks, spar and leading edge reinforcements, cabin seats, toilet and lighting and ventilation systems. Little used after 1965

1972........... Sold to Victor Newman of El Paso, Texas two in-flight engine failures.

1974........... Sold to Conair Aviation, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada as C-GHLI and converted to a forest fire control airtanker for the 1975 fire season

Jul 1, 1984.. Damaged by fire Jul 1, 1984 at Williams Lake air tanker base during a fuel pump change to local scrap yard

1990........... To Aero Nostalgia, Stockton, California for static rebuild as a B-26C for Fairchild Heritage Foundation, Fairchild AFB, Washington.


Researched by: Robert Stitt,

Serial #: 44-34602
Construction #: 27881
Civil Registration:
  Rock Island Monarch 26
Name: Sugarland Express
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2002


Delivered to USAF as 44-34602.
- SOC: July 1, 1958.
- Stored at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ.
Jack Lysdale Flying Service, St. Paul, MN, 1964.
- Registered as N8392H.
Stahmann Farms Inc., Las Cruces, NM, 1966-1987.
- Conversion to Rock Island Monarch 26 configuration started, Hutchinson, KS.
- Finished by Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, AZ.
RLS 51 Ltd, San Francisco, CA, 1987-2001.
- Restored to military configuration with 8 Gun nose, Grand Junction, CO, 1987.
- Delivered Oslo, Norway, May 1988
- Registered as N167B, Feb. 1989
- Operated by Scandinavian Historical Flight, Oslo, Norway
- Flies as 434602/BC-602 Sugarland Express.
Joda LLC, Town And Country, MO, Feb. 8, 2001-2002.

Serial #: 44-35262
Construction #: 28541
Civil Registration:
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1970


Stahmann Farms Inc, Las Cruces, NM, 1964-1970.
- Registered as N72404.