A-26B-10 Invader

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General info

rightThe A-26B-10 in the garage.

The A-26B-10 is a Rank IV American attacker with a battle rating of 5.0. It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The A-26 "Invader" is an excellent ground attack aircraft, boasting 6 nose-mounted M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns, as well as a potential payload of up to 4000 lbs worth of bombs (4 x 1000 lbs). The Invader also sports two dual-M2 Browning machine gun turrets, remote controlled by a gunner located in the rear section of the aircraft.

In addition, later upgrades of this particular A-26 model grant the user the ability to use a nose-mounted M4 37 mm cannon, at the expense of two of the .50 cals.

The Invader's strengths over many similar dual-engine aircraft is a surprising punch that it packs, especially when the 37 mm cannon is equipped, which can possibly turn the attacker into a fearsome, yet cumbersome blitzer, due to its incredible speed.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Though the A-26B-10 Invader will suffer in combat versus a more nimble single-engine fighter, it still has some tricks it can employ to eek out a victory in the skies. Due to all the offensive weaponry being mounted in the nose of the plane, it creates a rather dense cone of fire, similar to that of most heavy fighters. This enables the Invader to nearly guarantee either to kill or critically damage any fighter greedy enough to head you on, even if they are armed with cannons. The A-26B-10 is a very resilient aircraft, similar to other dual-engined aircraft like the Beaufighter Mk 21. Because of this, the pilot of the Invader can allow his opponent to land some hits in exchange for coming in view of either the A-26's forward facing armaments, or of its two rear-facing turrets. Though M2 Brownings lack the stopping power of cannons such as the 23 mm NS-23 cannon, they are still capable of inflicting immense damage to enemy aircraft, lighting up fuel tanks and disabling key components like control surfaces. This can buy the pilot some breathing room, by forcing enemy fighters to return to base after coming under fire from the Invader's guns.

Specific enemies worth noting

While the A-26 Invader is fast for its battle rating of 5.0, it will still be intercepted by almost any late models of aircraft such as the Bf 109 "Gustav" series, the Bf 109 K-4, almost any later model of the Fw-190, including the Focke-Wulf Ta-152 series. Any of the above-mentioned German aircraft will tear you apart due to all of them sporting the "Minengeschoß" shells.

Against the Russians, any of the La-7s or La-9s can and will be able to catch you. In addition, aircraft such as the Yak-9P or Yak-9UT, which wield both 20 mm and either a 37 mm or 45 mm will tear your plane to bits. While the Russians do not have cannons armed with the same round types as a German fighter does, the multitude of cannons they wield can make short work of you.

The British can also give you a run for your money. The most common adversary that could give you an issue is the Wyvern, due to its blistering speed and four 20 mm Hispano Mk. V cannons. In addition, a Tempest could also make quick work of you due to the same reasoning in firepower. While it is unlikely you will see any of the Griffon Spitfires, earlier models can still inflict a heavy amount of damage to your air frame. Your biggest problem is the result of the British "Air Target" rounds for the Hispano cannon, which is entirely "Stealth" ammunition.

Counter-tactics

As mentioned earlier, the A-26B-10 has the option to mount a 37 mm cannon in the nose. That in combination with its speed and additional four .50 Cals in the nose will punish any opponent foolish enough to head on this aircraft. In addition, the rear of the aircraft is well defended by the two remote-controlled .50 Cal turrets. If you find yourself above an A-26, try to preform a Boom-n'-Zoom run and aim for the engines. As fast as the A-26 is, it loses a fair deal of speed if one of the engines is out of action and, (if your aim is good enough), you may even kill the gunner, leaving a massive blind spot from the rear of the Invader. If you find yourself in front of this plane, and there are no alternatives, aim for the cockpit only! This is as a result of the A-26 having both a pilot and a co-pilot, meaning if one is knocked out, the other can still take command of the plane. Nonetheless, the best possible angle to attack an Invader is from the sides, where the gunner cannot traverse the turrets.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Respectable forward-facing armament
  • Impressive secondary armament when compared to its counterparts
  • Highly durable
  • Fast for its battle rating of 5.0
  • Decent energy retention
  • Two remote-controlled turrets
  • Respectable climb rate for an attacker
  • Can mount a cannon for either air targets or ground targets
  • Pilot and co-pilot: If one is knocked out, the other can take command

Cons

  • Not very maneuverable
  • As fast as it is, it is slower when compared to single-engine fighters
  • Large silhouette
  • Fairly high repair cost for its battle rating
  • Only one gunner. If he is unconscious, the rear of the aircraft is highly exposed.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

Default

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 2,400 total)

M4/4-50

  • 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Defensive armaments

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Payloads

  • 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 12 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 4 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1043 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1043 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1043 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,573 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Performance

A-26B-10/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png A-26B-10 Invader
Nation USA
Design Family Douglas Aircraft Company
Type Attacker
Fighting style Ground attack

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? kg
Takeoff Weight ~???? kg
Wing Area ~?? m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~???.?? kph at ?000 m
Climb Rate ~??.?? m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? kph
Turn Time ~??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~???.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? lb
Takeoff Weight ~???? lb
Wing Area ~??? ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~???.?? mph at ????? m
Climb Rate ??.?? ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? mph
Turn Time ??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~??.?? lb/ft²
Main Weapons
? x ?? RPG
? x ?00 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 3
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 4
? x ? ? rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? kph
Gear lmit ??? kph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~21
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? kph
Rudder <??0 kph
Elevators <??0 kph
Radiator >??0 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? mph
Gear lmit ??? mph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~??
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? mph
Rudder <??? mph
Elevators <??? mph
Radiator >??? mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
2000 m
6562 ft
100% Enginepower ??00 hp
WEP Enginepower ???? hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4300 m
14108 ft
100% Enginepower ???? hp
WEP Enginepower ???? hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)