FA-26B Invader 1/72 Die Cast Model 13th BS, 3rd BW, USAF, Iwakuni AB, Japan, August, 1950, by Hobby Master HA3210. In 1941 Douglas Aircraft Company began work on their twin-engine medium-bomber A-26 Invader. By the end of production there were 2,452 aircraft produced for all variants. The A-26/B- 26 was the only U.S. bomber to take part in three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The confusion with the use of the designation B-26 began when the Martin B-26 Marauder was retired and in 1948 the USAF dropped the "A" (Attack) designator so the Douglas A-26 Invader became the B-26 Invader. The A-26 made its first European appearance in late 1944. The Douglas Aircraft Company produced a total of 1,355 A-26B Invaders in their two plants located Long Beach California and Tulsa Oklahoma. The 3rd Bomber Wing was stationed in Iwakuni Japan as part of the occupation force when they began operations in support of the Korean War. They transferred to Kunsan AB South Korea in August 1951. On January 4, 1952 A-26B-56-DL "Nan" serial 44-34372 c/n 27651 with a buzz code BC-372 began its departure from Iwakuni AB. Part way through the take-off run pilot Dick Gerrity tried to abort and ran off the end of the runway into a soft sand beach. When the nose gear hit the sand it collapsed causing the aircraft to flip onto its back. The aircraft was carrying frag bombs that opened and scattered bomblets everywhere. Fortunately the three crew members were hauled from the wreck just before the tide came in that would have drown them.
FA-26B Invader 1:72 Die Cast Model, by Hobby Master HA3210
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided and landing gear can be up or down
True 1:72 scale, carefully painted, extraordinary sharp Tampoed markings great attention to detail.
Canopy displays open or closed, pilot figure, heavy metal, minimum plastic. Highly collectable.
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