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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.
 
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.
 
Yak-2 KABB: do not think that you can confidently out maneuver this plane just because it is twin engined. It has an amazing turn rate for a heavy fighter, thus you must avoid turning with it, if not dogfighting with it in general. It bears a pair of ShVAK cannons that can easily damage your vital parts like engine or cooling systems. It has green camo, greatly resembling an Me 410 but with an H-tail like a Bf 110's.
 
  
 
The British can also give you a run for your money. The most common adversary that could give you an issue is the [[Wyvern S4|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.
 
The British can also give you a run for your money. The most common adversary that could give you an issue is the [[Wyvern S4|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.
  
[[ZSD63]]: you cannot tell what SPAA it is by looking at a dot on the ground spraying tracers around you. By getting close, you are running at risk at being shot, but once you do identify it as a ZSD, avoid it at all costs and do NOT take head-ons with it, ever. It can easily snap your wing off by causally putting a short burst in your flight path. Don't even get close to it unless you have a bomb or if it is busy shooting someone else. It has a rather boxy and tall hull with a geometric turret sitting at the back, slightly similar to a Wirbelwind's. You can also tell by looking at how it fires: the sound and green tracers are very rapid, much like a buzzsaw, but then it will remain silent for half a minute reloading. Note that an experienced ZSD player will hold its fire or shoot in single salvos with long halts between, making it look like that it's reloading. Armor piercing belt is recommended since their high penetration can tear through the ZSD's armor with ease and knock out its crews.
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One SPAA to worry about is the Chinese [[ZSD63]]. Though it is hard to identify specific SPAA vehicles on the ground (especially when they are shooting tracers at the plane), if a ZSD63 can be identified, avoid it at all costs and '''do not''' attempt head-ons with it, ever. It can easily snap a wing off by causally putting a short burst in the {{PAGENAME}}'s flight path. Don't even get close to it unless it is occupied with another friendly or if the {{PAGENAME}} is equipped with a bomb that it can use. Some identifying features of the ZSD63 is its rather boxy and tall hull with a geometric turret sitting at the back, slightly similar to a Wirbelwind's. The firing manner is also distinctive: the sound and green tracers are very rapid, much like a buzz saw, but then it will remain silent for half a minute reloading. Note that an experienced ZSD player will hold its fire or shoot in single salvos with long halts between, making it look like that it's reloading. Armor piercing belt is recommended since their high penetration can tear through the ZSD's armor with ease and knock out its crews.
  
 
=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
=== Manual Engine Control ===

Revision as of 06:57, 22 September 2020

RANK 6 USA
"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
A-26B-10
a-26b_10.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/5.0/5.0BR
3 peopleCrew
18.324 tTake-off weight
3.23 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8000 mCeiling
2 х Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
718 km/hStructural
270 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
1000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
12 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
Economy
46000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png28000 / 37016/7150 / 9452/2700 / 3569Repair
43000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
500 % Sl icon.png290 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American attacker A-26B-10. For other variants, see A-26 (Family).

Description

GarageImage A-26B-10.jpg


The A-26B-10 is a rank IV American attacker with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".

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 4,000 lbs worth of bombs (4 x 1,000 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, that flawlessly track aircraft transitioning in the vertical.

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.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 554 541 8000 31.1 32.0 9.9 9.8 1,000
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
718 270 527 527 351 ~6 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 375 < 460 > 350
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,310 m 2,000 hp No WEP
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,572 m 1,600 hp No WEP

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

With this array of armour, the A-26B-10 is well-protected from any glancing rounds from machine guns.

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.

Thus, to fight an A-26, the best method of attack is to perform a Boom & 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 snipe 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.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The A-26B-10 is armed with:

  • A choice between three presets:
    • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 2,400 total)
    • 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg) + 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
    • 2 x 37 mm M4 cannons, nose-mounted (30 rpg = 60 total)

Suspended armament

The A-26B-10 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,600 lb total)
  • 12 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (3,000 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)

Defensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The A-26B-10 is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

Though the A-26B-10 Invader will suffer in combat versus more nimble single-engine fighters, it still has some tricks it can employ to eke 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 destroy 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-engine 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.

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.

Enemies worth noting:

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.

One SPAA to worry about is the Chinese ZSD63. Though it is hard to identify specific SPAA vehicles on the ground (especially when they are shooting tracers at the plane), if a ZSD63 can be identified, avoid it at all costs and do not attempt head-ons with it, ever. It can easily snap a wing off by causally putting a short burst in the A-26B-10's flight path. Don't even get close to it unless it is occupied with another friendly or if the A-26B-10 is equipped with a bomb that it can use. Some identifying features of the ZSD63 is its rather boxy and tall hull with a geometric turret sitting at the back, slightly similar to a Wirbelwind's. The firing manner is also distinctive: the sound and green tracers are very rapid, much like a buzz saw, but then it will remain silent for half a minute reloading. Note that an experienced ZSD player will hold its fire or shoot in single salvos with long halts between, making it look like that it's reloading. Armor piercing belt is recommended since their high penetration can tear through the ZSD's armor with ease and knock out its crews.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm M4/4-50 SBC-25
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs M4 SBC mk.I
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm Offensive 37 mm MBC mk.I
IV Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 37 mm cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Respectable forward-facing armament
  • Impressive secondary armament when compared to its counterparts
  • Highly durable
  • Fast
  • 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 manoeuvrable
  • As fast as it is, it is slower when compared to single-engine fighters
  • Large silhouette
  • Fairly high repair cost
  • Only one gunner. If he is unconscious, the rear of the aircraft is highly exposed

History

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Media

Skins

War Thunder Live - User created A-26B-10 camouflage

Videos

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

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


Douglas Aircraft Company
Attackers  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4
Bombers  A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · B-18A · BTD-1 · SBD-3 · TBD-1
Turboprop  A2D-1
Jet fighters  F3D-1
Jet attackers  A-4B
Export  ▄AD-4 · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I

USA attackers
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
Other  AM-1 · AU-1 · XA-38