While the A-20 eventually was flown by dozens of countries on both sides of the conflict (including Germany and Japan), the A-26 was a US only aircraft until after the Korean War when the US started to sell or give it away to allies. It was quickly distributed to dozens of nations. The Leopard 2A6 main battle tank is a further development of the 2A5. Currently it is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. The Leopard 2A6 outperforms the M1A2 Abrams, Challenger 2 and Leclerc in terms of protection, firepower and mobility.
Join us celebrating first days of July! War Thunder announces Summer Week!
Every day we have special events, contest and amazing prizes!
'Screenshot of the Week: Sunshine!' - our traditional weekly contest goes special this time!
Douglas A-26 Invader - Wikipedia
- 1st Place: 5 000 Golden Eagles + A26 Invader + P-39N-0 Airacobra (SU)
- 2nd Place: 3 000 Golden Eagles + P-39N-0 Airacobra (SU)
- 3rd Place: 2 000 Golden Eagles
Check the RULES OF CONTEST!
Our global achievements contest:
Everyday from 6am GMT (11pm PDT) till 6am GMT (11pm PDT) next day we add TWO achievements in War Thunder.
Every player, who unlocks first achievement immediately gets 10 000 Silver Lions.
Second achievement grants you 20 000 Silver Lions.
When unlocking the achievement your gaming account could also win in our special lottery.
In special daily lottery we have 10 winners every day to win premium set of planes: A-26 Invader, P-39N-0 Airacobra (SU) and 3 000 Golden Eagles!
Unlocking both achievements in one day DOUBLES your chances to win!
In the end of our special Summer Week every unlocked achievement could grant you even more: one year Premium and dozens of thousands of Golden Eagles!
Check your daily progress in the Logbook: 'Achievements' - 'Miscellaneous'
Day 1 - July 1st:
- Achievement 1: 30 airkills
- Achievement 2: 100 airkills
For the Day 1 special discounts will help you to unlock achievements:
- 50% discount on Hellcat FMK.I
- +30% XP boost for P-39N, La-5FN and Spitfire Mk.Vb
Day 2 - July 2ndfrom July 2nd 6 am GMT (July 1st 11 pm PDT) till July 3rd 6 am GMT (July 2nd 11 pm PDT)
- Achievement 1: 40 ground kills (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 2: 150 ground kills (20 000 Lions)
- Achievement 3: 400 ground kills (40 000 Lions)
Check your daily progress in the Logbook: 'Achievements' - 'Miscellaneous'
For the Day 2 special discounts will help you to unlock achievements:
- 50% discount on I-16 type 28.
- +30% XP boost for Ki-49IIa, B-25J-20, Pe-2-21, IL-2M, Ju-88A-4, P-47D, F6F, Bf.109F-4, Yak-1B, LaGG-3-66 and A6M2
Day 3 - July 3rd: from July 3rd 6 am GMT (July 2nd 11 pm PDT) till July 4th 6 am GMT (July 3rd 11 pm PDT)
- Achievement 1: 5 Missions won (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 2: 25 Missions won (25 000 Lions)
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For the Day 3 special discounts will help you to unlock achievements:
- 50% discount on XP-50
- +30% XP boost for F4U-1a, F4U-1c, Bf.109G-2/trop, Me.410A-1/U2, Ar-2, Su-2 М-82, A6M3, Spitfire Mk.IX
Day 4 - July 3rd: from July 4th 6 am GMT (July 3rd 11 pm PDT) till July 5th 6 am GMT (July 4th 11 pm PDT)
- Achievement 1:15 airkills on P-47 (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 2: 50 airkills on P-47 (20 000 Lions)
- Achievement 3: 10 ground kills on IL-2i (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 4: 90 ground kills on IL-2i (20 000 Lions)
- Achievement 5:15 airkills on Bf.109G-2 (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 6: 50 airkills on Bf.109G-2 (20 000 Lions)
Day 5 - July 5th: from July 5th 6 am GMT (July 4th 11 pm PDT) till July 6th 6 am GMT (July 5th 11 pm PDT)
- Achievement 1:15 airkills on La-5FN (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 2: 50 airkills on La-5FN (20 000 Lions)
- Achievement 3: 10 ground kills on Beaufighter Mk.X (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 4: 90 ground kills on Beaufighter Mk.X (20 000 Lions)
- Achievement 5:15 airkills on F4F-4 (10 000 Lions)
- Achievement 6: 50 airkills on F4F-4 (20 000 Lions)
We would like to announce the winners of the day 1:
Day 2 winners:
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Day 3 event winners:
Day 4 event Winners:
And here go our Summer Week Winners!
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And these players:
Will get 5 000 Golden Eagles and War Thunder T-shirt!
Please contact Adminstrator Seniovia PM on War Thunder Official Forum to get your T-shirts delivered to you.
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A-26 Gunners station with periscopes on Douglas
The DB-7 / A-20 was a winner for Douglas Aircraft; fast, agile, rugged, packed a serious punch, everything an army wanted; and it was rapidly becoming obsolete in the face of new fighters, bombers, and demands. Just like Dornier’s Do-17 evolved into Do-217, Douglas took the basic design and put it on a bodybuilding program. Master engineer Edward (Ed) Heinemann with Ted R. Smith from the A-20 program joined Robert Donovan in designing the new aircraft, with A.M.O. Smith (aerodynamicist) choosing the then-new NACA 65-215 laminar flow airfoil that promised better performance, coupled with two powerful 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 'Double Wasp' radials.
Many concepts from the DB-7 was transferred to the new design, including tricycle gear and crew station. While much wider it was still a single pilot aircraft, more typical of European bombers than American ones. The extra fuselage width allowed the bombardier access to the pilot, which was not possible in the DB-7. Just like its older sibling the nose could be swapped out for different configurations in a few hours, from bomber with Norden sight to a weapons filled solid nose thus offering all the weapons combinations the B-25 could carry including a 75mm cannon. The bomb bay was now longer and wider allowing a larger selection of ordinance, but also when empty a crawlspace between stations, if crew trusted the bomb doors not to open under them!
On Mark Marksman C (Douglas B-26) N60XX
Two major innovations were flaps and periscopically sighted remote turrets. The wing aerofoil allowed the heavy aircraft to fly very fast (570 km/h, 355 mph), but the penalty was a very high stall speed. To fly slowly enough for a safe landing complex double slotted Fowler flaps were incorporated, unusual for the time but common on airliners today. By taking the gunner out of the design, very low profile, low drag turrets with a new control and targeting system was devised, resulting in a system that offered nearly full top and bottom hemispherical protection by a single gunner, although it was a little harder to scan for enemy aircraft.
On 10 July 1942 the new bomber took off and the test pilots praised its performance right away. Teething issues were corrected and by next year (August 1943) the Douglas company began delivering A-26B’s (solid nose) to the USAAF with the new bomber first seeing action in the Southwest Pacific theater on 23 June 1944. While it performed very well, it was not universally welcomed by crews and often flew in mixed company with the older sister: the A-20. However, in September of that year the first action in Europe was performed where it was enthusiastically accepted and in great demand.
A-26 “Fire Eater” N4814E used in movie “Always”.
The end of the war resulted in canceling future orders and massive downsizing of the USAAF, thus A-26 was redesignated B-26 (causing confusion with B-26 Marauder). The Korean conflict saw the A/B-26 up to the new challenge and where it performed superbly in the jet age. It found itself involved in Vietnam from the very early days with the French, eventually being used by many different forces in that conflict. Halfway around the world in Cuba it was used in the Bay of Pigs insurgency, ironically the Cuban Forces also operated A-26C’s against them! Meanwhile the American company that upgraded the aircraft for the demanding military missions also created a highly modified, fast, and highly desirable executive transports with many newly built parts, the On Mark Marksman.
36 years after its first flight it was finally retired from any military use making one of the longest serving military vehicles in history; however, the aircraft continued a different kind of “bombing” for government agencies, dropping retardant on forest fires, a mission where the A-26 became a star and was immortalized in the movie “Always”.
The War Thunder Team