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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:23 pm 
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Now you have me wondering. I was told at the time that Denny Lynch was the owner of this plane and that it was an authentic -K model, but an old friend who did a couple of tours in Nam as a F-100 crew chief expressed some doubts about it at the time because he thought the cowlings and props wrong for a -K model. So it may well have been a completely different machine. That was the only time I've ever seen that -26, and I did not meet anyone who was with the airplane or photograph it extensively as I was at the show for other purposes. This would not be the first time I've messed up on Invader identities -- I'm not much of a numbers and identification guy -- I'm just a photographer...

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Here's a photo from NKP. The B-26s all have square tip props.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:19 pm 
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Hey Neal,

I recall now, our previous conversation on another B-26K thread about this aircraft.

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Some K models had the standard cowling of the earlier Invader series. While others had later style "K" specific cowling. I believe it was based on where in the production line they were.

I believe all three of photos above (that you've previously posted) are not Denny's plane, but rather the civil registered K model that eventually ended up with the NMUSAF. It had the earlier cowling and standard propellers when delivered to Wright-Patt. The cowling and props were subsequently changed during restoration at Wright-Patt, using the cowling and paddle blade props that came from the Florence Air Museum "K" model that was scrapped. The last photo, still in camo paint, is before it was stripped in preparations for racing it at Reno before it was acquired by the NMUSAF

Here's proof that the B-26K above ended up at the NMUSAF. Click on link below:

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You can still even see the reminence of the 4 that was on the tail!

And here is how she looks today: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared ... 4P-047.jpg

Here is the list of SURVIVING On-Mark Engineering B-26K-OM Counter-Invader conversions for use in Vietnam. The B-26K was redesignated as the A-26A-OM in 1966 due to Thailand banning bomber designated aircraft operating from it’s airfields.


B-26K
64-17640 ex A-26C 44-35896 To civil N267G then N2294B.
Preserved at South Dakota Air and Space Museum,
Ellsworth AFB, SD.

B-26K
64-17651 ex A-26B 44-34119 To SEA 1967 as "Mighty Mouse"
To Davis-Monthan 1969.
Preserved at Seoul Museum, Korea.

B-26K
64-17653 ex A-26B 41-39378 To SEA 1968.
To Davis-Monthan 1969.
Preserved at Pima County Air Museum, Tucson, AZ.

B-26K
64-17666 ex A-26C 44-35483 To SEA 1968.
Preserved at Hurlburt Field Museum, FL.

B-26K
64-17676 ex A-26B 41-39596 To SEA 1966.
To 1ACO WG England.
To Davis Monthan 1969.
To civil N268G, G-GXTF, then N22939.
Preserved at USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.

B-26K
64-17679 ex A-26B 44-34198 To civil N269G, C-GXTG, then N4988N.
Now owned by an anonimous owner in California undergoing restoration at the Vintage Flying Musuem Fort Worth, Texas


This is the information on Wally McDonald's B-26K that he crash landed at Chino on February 9, 1978.
B-26K
64-17657 ex A-26C 43-22649
To civil N62104, then N99218.
Destroyed in crash landing 2/9/1978
Nose section on display(loan) at Booker Aircraft Museum. see photo here: http://www.abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1059817

This is the information on the Florence Air Museum's airframe:
B-26K
64-17671 ex A-26C 44-35820 To SEA 1966.
To Florence Space Museum, South Carolina
Later scrapped for spare parts.
Engine cowling and propellers to NMUSAF for use on B-26K 64-17676


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This got me curious, so I dug into the archives and found a couple more shots of the airplane I saw at the ex-Hamilton AFB in the Spring of 1987. The camo patterns are a bit different, but the tail numbers are the same as the airplane now in Texas. Lynch had several -26s of various sorts. Could he have switched propellers or even QECs to airshow the airplane?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:06 pm 
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Neal Nurmi wrote:
This got me curious, so I dug into the archives and found a couple more shots of the airplane I saw at the ex-Hamilton AFB in the Spring of 1987. The camo patterns are a bit different, but the tail numbers are the same as the airplane now in Texas. Lynch had several -26s of various sorts. Could he have switched QECs to airshow the airplane?


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Neal,

You're right! :D It is Denny's aircraft. Certain sections of the camo do still match up with recent photos. (Look at the vertical stab pattern on the comparison photos below) He must have switched out the cowling and props for a period of time. That is very interesting. I love these conversations that are produced via WIX! Just when you think you got it figured out, more information comes to light.

The bare-metal K model that you have photos of is the one now at the NMUSAF.

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Denny had several A-26 aircraft.
The Engine used in an A-26 is different than the K model.
Originally they used the R-2800-79
K had a R-2800 CB series engine.
In the earlier photo maybe Denny had QECs from the earlier engines off an A-26 on the K.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:29 pm 
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Kind of an aside, If Thailand band bombers from operating out of there, how did the B-52s stationed at U-Tapo get in? My dad was the Logistics Commander there in '69.

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Kind of an aside, If Thailand band bombers from operating out of there, how did the B-52s stationed at U-Tapo get in? My dad was the Logistics Commander there in '69.


So, you haven't heard of the A-52 Stratofort, I gather? Just kidding. After the mid-sixties the Thais relented to reality and allowed the USAF to base bombers in their country.

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Not all of the Ks retained their CB engines and reversing props. There were operational issues and some were reverted to the original engine and prop combinations.

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The 64-17657 cockpit section now looks a lot worse and was sold on Ebay a few months ago

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Here are a couple of photos I took of the A-26K a while ago. Awesome to see her so stock and original. Denny said that all of the original radios still worked.

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He also told me that the gear had been torn out of it on a hard landing but that it had repaired it and no damage was done to the spar.

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RickH wrote:
Not all of the Ks retained their CB engines and reversing props. There were operational issues and some were reverted to the original engine and prop combinations.

As a High School kid of 17 I skipped a class and went out to Chino later in the afternoon the day the A-26K crashed.
I remember Al Reddick was acting strange and was told he had been on the A-26. He said, "Rich, that SOB tried to kill me".
I also remember they talked of a prop starting to go into reverse on short final and that was the cause.
IIRC it was a delivery flight to a new owner. Upon delivery Wally would get paid.
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Here's the afore mentioned Chino accident bird:
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Steve invited Brad (who was on his way down to help out with the B-24) and I to come check out the B-26 after having the paint stripped, so who was I to pass up an opportunity! Unfortunatley I only had my Crackberry to take pictures with, so I apologize for the quality. Overall she looks great, we could not find any corrosion! 8) The only blemishes we found were some rough repairs that had been done over the years and some ramp rash probably caused by mowers. You can really see the spar straps with the paint removed!

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The armor plating on the nose, just an extra thick layer of aluminum on top of the normal skin. They used strips of wood to blend the armor plating to the normal skin on the trailing edge.
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I haven't figured out what the big circular patches with the big clevis bolt is for yet
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Here are few that I shot the night she arrived in Texas
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All the radios are there!
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With 8 .50 cals, I guess you could "Smok'em"!
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Here are some more pictures from our inspection at the paint shop. As Bill said, the old girl has a few rashes and some of the repairs made over the years were less than steller. Overall she looks to be in really nice shape. The bomb racks and much of the original skin on the wing looks absolutely brand new. Most of the top skin on the wing has the faint outline of markings made by the original installers. On the tail, Bill found what seems to be a "9" etched into the skin. You can see it in the 9th picture down. It looks like somebody cut out a stencil with a razor blade and it went into the skin. There are all sorts of interesting stencils and labels all over the airplane and the bomb bay is amazing. The spar strap looks to be in good shape and is a pretty beefy assembly. This is going to be a really cool project!

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