Built as 44-34313 for the US Air Force, this Invader went directly into storage until re-activated for the Korean War. Sold surplus in 1957, it became the first A-26 fire bomber conversion in 1959, working in Idaho and Oregon until 1975. Sold to Conair and flying as Tanker 23 until retired in 1987. Subsequently owned by several museums in Canada and the USA, the solid nose was replaced by the clear bomber nose. Last noted with Black Crow Aviation as N4313 after a 7 year restoration.
I was at Biggin Hill when she crashed in the valley carrying out an impossible manoeuvre. Many pilots could not resist diving into the valley which was a spectacular thing to see, but on this occasion I believe that the pilot tried a roll.
N9445G is assumed to be ex 43-22258 based on its c/n. To the USAF Museum at Grand Forks, North Dakota. USAFM quotes its ID as 44-35493 but it is painted as "434220". Grand Forks AFB quotes the ID as "28722" which is ex-44-35493. However that aircraft is currently registered N576JB to a New Mexico owner.
A-26C 44-35752 was delivered in 1945, but too late to see action in WWII. Retired by the Air Force in 1958, the bomber was purchased by Rock Island Oil & Refining Co in 1960 and registered N8627E. By 1963 it had been converted to a fire bomber and was sold to Kenting Aviation in 1972 as CF-KBZ. Added to Conair's fleet in August 1973, it flew another 15 years fighting fires in British Colombia. Sold in 1988 to Canadian Warplane Heritage as A-26s were replaced by Firecats, the warbird was again sold in the USA as N81797. It was donated to the Carolinas Aviation Museum Charlotte, NC in 2006.