A-26 celebrates 74th birthday at July 9th event in Fort Worth, Texas
The Douglas A-26 Invader prototype took its first flight on July 10, 1942 flown by famed test-pilot Benny Howard. The A-26 went on to become the only combat aircraft to see action in three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. On July 9, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of this event, the CAF Invader Squadron will participate in an open house at the Vintage Flying Museum located at Meacham Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. Tours and rides will be available on the A-26 and other aircraft including a DC-3. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. when the A-26 will be towed outside and the engines started for the first unveiling after a six-year restoration. Honored guests will include many Vietnam veterans who flew or maintained this very airplane from 1965 - 1969. This particular A-26 is a “k model,” which were delivered 50 years ago to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Navy Base (NKP), Thailand, the base where A-26s operated in a secret war over Laos to interdict the North Vietnamese supply line known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In addition to the A-26, a Cessna O-2 owned by CAF member Karen Adams Brinkley will be on display. This aircraft was also utilized at NKP and acted as a Forward Air Controller for the A-26s, T-28s and A-1 Skyraiders. A Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, which was the U.S. Air Force's first jet trainer will be started up to show what a second generation jet engine sounded like.
Activities are scheduled throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and this event is open to the public. For more information, please click HERE.