Whilst the Douglas A-26 received less than a warm welcome from USAAF squadrons operating in the SW Pacific, their European counterparts loved its speed and manoeuvrability and certainly its high calibre nose cannons.
Many pilots began throwing the A-26 around like a single engine fighter as they swooped in low in ground support missions.
Its bomb carrying capacity was also impressive and over the course of the war in Europe, the A-26 flew over 11,560 missions, dropping some 18,050 tonnes of bombs with the loss of just 67 aircraft.
The Invader’s Briggs and Stratton Engine Magneto switch was mounted, tucked away at the top left of the port secondary flying panel just under the dash overhang.
Composed of two swing switches (one for each engine) it enabled the pilot to engage that engine’s starter battery or combine both in tandem. An extended Master On/Off Lever was located at the top of the Switch which could kill both engines simultaneously.
All the Magneto Switches appear to be fully operational with all switches rotating easily between one or both battery sources and with its highly detailed, custom-built model of this USAAF twin-engined bomber/ground attack aircraft perched above its 100yr old Mango Wood display stand, its sure to be a treasured talking point for many generations to come.
This Douglas A-26 Invader Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Douglas A26 Invader Briggs and Stratton B5 Engine Magneto Switch, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
* Upsize to the more highly detailed 1/48 scale for just $45. Click on the 1/48 Scale Option at the top of the page.
Both the 1/72 and larger 1/48 scale custom built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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