A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapses On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader “Silver Dragon” suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually, the decision was made to land on runway 36.

During the first touchdown, you can clearly see the nosewheel bounce back after which the nose of the plane hits the runway. Nobody was hurt during the landing and the damage to the airplane has yet to be evaluated.

The Douglas A-26 Invader is a twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft that was built by Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II. It was a fast aircraft capable of carrying twice its specified bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

2,452 Invaders have been built and the last one was retired in 1980 by the Colombian Airforce, 38 years after the first flight in 1942.


Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.

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