A-26C-45

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A-26C-45 Invader
a-26c.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.7/5.3/5.3BR
3 peopleCrew
10.3 tEmpty weight
17.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
sec29.5/29.5/28.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Pratt & Whitney R-2800-79Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
718 km/hStructural
270 km/hGear
Offensive armament
8 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
20 х 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
10 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
4 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
2 х 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 4
Economy
Sl icon.png6 890 / 8 764/5 250 / 6 678/2 520 / 3 205Repair
52 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.66 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the gift American bomber A-26C-45 Invader. For other uses, see A-26 (Family).

Description

GarageImage A-26C-45.jpg


The A-26C-45 Invader is a gift rank IV American bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB) and 5.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

High-speed attacker/bomber gets in and out of target zone without being spotted at best. It can serve as a good entry plane to understand and train Jet-bomber tactics.

With speed, maneuverability and a large hitting power the A-26 should not be taken lightly. The plane has cruising speed of which all piston engine bombers dream of and is currently unmatched in the game. Reaching a maximum speed of 568.8 kph the Invader is faster than the comparable Tu-2 by a significant 202 kph. This speed allows the A-26 to strike targets deep in enemy territory and early on better than any other aircraft (excluding the jets). It also has a 4,000 lb payload with a variety of load-outs, making it very versatile in its role, allowing it to attack many different targets with great efficiency. To add to this, it has eight Browning M2 .50 cal machine guns to attack soft targets and the unfortunate fighter if you have the chance. Unlike the Mosquito the A-26 has defensive gunners and decent ones at that. With 2 x twin M2 MG remote turrets it allows for very accurate and deadly fire.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
536 523 8,000 29.3 30.3? 7.8 7.8 700
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
607 569 8,000 27.0 29.0 19.7 11.4 700

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
718 257 420 ~4 ~3
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 392 < 375 < 480 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,310 m 4,000 hp 4,740 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,572 m 3,200 hp 3,792 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 12.7 mm Steel - Nose plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Under engine armour plate (each nacelle)
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Fore/aft nacelle fuel protection plates x 2 (each nacelle)
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Cockpit tub
  • 9 mm Steel - Pilot/Co-pilot's seat backs
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Gunner aft armour plate
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Gunner lower armour plate
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Aircraft tail armour plate
  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass - Pilot

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The A-26C-45 is armed with:

  • 2 × 12.7 mm Browning M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 6 × 12.7 mm Browning M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 1,800 total)

Suspended armament

The A-26C-45 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs (4,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The A-26C-45 is defended by:

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

Usage in the battles

Use the A-26 to deliver fast tactic based strikes. In the first minutes of the game plan your route and decide on your key targets, the basics you want to include are:

  • Focus on large amounts of Heavy/ medium targets
  • Stay away from the main dogfights
  • Follow paths that don't cross the normal enemy climb routes
  • Utilize terrain as cover where ever possible

The best targets to choose are the "heavy" or "medium" targets at the far sides of the map or away from the main routes taken by the enemy. This is because they have a distinctive effect on the battle but also give large rewards post-game allowing for quick research/ progression with the advantage of you being to strike more targets before the fighters arrive. On your approach you want to the air spawn to gain speed in a dive then stay low. By staying low you take advantage of the spotting system at you become harder to spot and gain a marker (because if you do, your 60% dead). It also allows you to be masked by the terrain.

The payloads allow for attacks against many targets with great efficiency. Each bomb load has it's preferred target type to create the most damage which is noted as follows:

  • 8 x 500 lb- Best for attacking medium to heavy ground targets, destroy the easier, stationary, pillboxes where possible over tanks
  • 4 x 1,000 lb- Best for anti-shipping, specifically cruisers and battleships (Carriers are too armoured* and destroyers or Cargo ships would be overkill)
  • 2 x 2,000 lb- Best for carriers and bombing points.

The stock payload is 20 x 100 lb bombs. To make use of these, drop 2-3 bombs at a time on a medium armoured target however move onto the higher payloads when possible. A tip for bombing in the A-26 is to release half a second before the crosshairs move over the target. This is to compensate for the bomb doors opening then the bombs being released. However, you can also use these to hit soft targets if you so want to.

  • Carriers can be knocked out however accuracy is needed. Firstly take note of there the island is (the tower) while from a safe distance. Then maneuver in to a path that will be adjacent to the carrier and with the island facing you. Release two 1,000 lb bombs into the island and it should kill the carrier.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Controllable Controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm SBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wing Repair Engine Turret 12 mm MBC mk.1
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) LBC mk.1
  • As gift vehicle upgrades need to be researched, unlike premium aircraft. Considering its combat role, unlocking the various bomb modules is recommended first and then follow up with the speed upgrades as this fast medium bomber is all about velocity.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Currently the fastest twin piston-engine bomber/attacker in the game
  • Excellent rate of climb for a plane its size
  • Wing mounted .50 cal machine guns allow for strafing of soft ground targets
  • Capable of outrunning some enemy aircraft at sea level
  • Payload efficient (max 4,000 lbs) to deal with most objectives

Cons:

  • Gunners vulnerable to getting knocked out
  • Difficult to manoeuvre at high speeds
  • Low service ceiling makes high altitude bombing discouraging

History

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Media

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Read also

Obtainable events

This plane is identical to the A-26C-45DT in all ways except for the latter's rockets. The 45 Invader was a gift plane for buyers of a MSI notebook.

  • In the 2013 Memorial Day event between May 27-28, the A-26C-45 was available in unlock codes on Facebook.
  • In the 2013 Summer event, the A-26C-45 was available along with the P-39N to be won in a screenshot contest or in a lottery.
  • In 2016 it was available during the War Thunder Mastermind Quiz event in celebration of 500,000 likes on Facebook.

Sources

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.


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