|This page is about the American attacker A-26B-10. For other variants, see A-26 (Family).|
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.
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
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 370||< 375||< 460||> 350|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,310 m||2,000 hp||No WEP|
|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.
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)
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)
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 in Ground Realistic Battles 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
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|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
- Respectable forward-facing armament
- Impressive secondary armament when compared to its counterparts
- Highly durable
- 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
- 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
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