DB-7/A-20 development with a lot of hindsight

tomo pauk

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Douglas' line of the light bombers/attackers was one of the IMO better aircraft the ww2 saw. What might be the plausible developments to make them even more useful for the Allied cause? The fully developed A/C should also be still useful for the Korean war, as well as for other 'minor' wars in the 1940s and 50s.
 

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The fully developed A/C should also be still useful for the Korean war, as well as for other 'minor' wars in the 1940s and 50s.
It was called the A-26 ;)

Seriously
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first flown 23 January 1939

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First Flight 10 July 1942.

A-20 production ended September 20, 1944

The A-26 barely made war for several reasons. But since both planes were designed not only by the same company but by the same man/design team a significant change to the A-20 in 1941 would have seen a significant delay in the A-26. Ed Heinemann started design work at the end of 1940 not for just an A-20 replacement but a plane that could replace the A-20, the B-25 and Martin B-26.

 

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