News 17/01/2010 : Douglas A-26 Invader in focus
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Another project is in the final stages. In restoration since more than 20 years the Douglas A-26 Invader ((factory n° 28044, serial 44-34765) has received a few weeks ago the missing wingtip manufactured by Pascal in the workshop of the Museum. We are now working to prepare a proposal for the final display of the aircraft.
Looking for more information the Invader, we discovered the vectaris web site dedicated to the A-26. This site contains all you can need to know about the Invader including pdf copies of the maintenance manuals. The New England Air Museum and the Ailes Anciennes Toulouse are also restoring an Invader. Also added to our links section a fascinating collection of pictures about the 416th Bombardment Group who operated A-26 from St Struiden. Discover these marvels at http://www.bamf.be/?Links.
Although not put in service during WW2, our Invader is painted to represent an aircraft of the 416th Bombardment Group based in Belgium at the end of the conflict. Never in use with the Belgian Air Force, another link with our aeronautical heritage is the fact, some Belgian pilots on the training in USA flow on this aircraft or practiced air guning shooting on targets tugged by Invaders. During the troubles in Congo after the Independence, A-26's were also in use.
The Invader is a well designed aircraft, conceived for easy maintenance. This is interesting to compare this aircraft with other medium bombers included in the collection (Battle, Bolingbroke).
Personally, discovering graffito's written by women workers during the manufacturing of the aircraft was really a great moment.
Many peoples of the Museum staff and volunteers were involved in this long restoration. Unfortunately we have not the full list but they must know, now their mission is almost completed.
The Douglas A-26 restoration on the site of the Brussels Air Museum Restoration Society (BAMRS)
At least 2 other A-26 in Europe will be soon fully restored. The one of Le Bourget and the one of Toulouse. We added a link to the Toulouse project in our link (thanks to Vincent).
Aeroplane Monthly published in their January edition pictures of the Lysander and the B-25. More to come soon.
Another aircraft joins the "Avions contruits in Belgium" column by Jean-Pierre Decocq on the website of the Fonds Renard. This time this is the RSV 23-180.
The OO Register by André Dillien is also updated at http://www.bamfbamrs.be/Dillien/index.htm
Last but least discover Hell on wheels in our link section
The 2nd Tactical Air Force Medium Bombers Association Newsletter page is updated. The back issues of February, May and August are now availlable on the website of the bamf at http://www.bamf.be/Dispersals/
Many happy landings