Is this an A26 or a F7F

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Theres a spirited debate on the B29 forum about this aircraft. It was taken in 1945 or 1946 on Guam.

    Is it an A26 or a F7F? I'm leaning for the A26 because of the wing span.

    If you respond, tell me the reason you think so.
     

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    It's an A-26 Invader. I'm sure of it.
     
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    Yes, it's an A-26. The fuselage is too wide for it to be an F7F.
     
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    If it's an A-26, look at the canopy, no clamshells. Is it an early one? I tried to blow up the photo, can't make it out.
     
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    The vertical stabilizer was the tell for me along with the nose. The F7F has a more pointy snout.
     
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    I think it might be an A-20G
     
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    I take that back, it looks like an A-26
     
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    Looks like an A-26 to me, has a more rounded nose than the F7F has.
     
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    A-26, it has a bomb bay, a short nosewheel and a big fusilage........
     
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    Zooming the picture shows a clamshell arrangement for the front undercarriage as opposed to being attached to the leg down to the wheel.

    Also visible are the air intakes on the cowling tops.

    A-26 for my choice.
     

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    Yup, I'd say A 26.
     
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    I have no idea how anyone can think that plane is a F7F Tigercat. One give away is the glazed nose ! :rolleyes:
     
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    what's even more unbelievable is that they're debating it, i mean what arguments do they have for it being a Tigercat, it's got two radials? :silly:
     
  14. syscom3

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    Lanc, the guys who were debating it were flying these aircraft since before our parents were little babies or even before they were born.

    Sometimes their memory has faded a bit.

    Plus they pointed out that sometimes the planes were modified on the airfield for one reason or another and it was never documented "officially". I would not put it past some marine to say "if the AAF had droop snoot P38's, why cant we have droop snoot Tigercats".
     
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    that's fair enough if they're older and not just armchair pilots, but with a bomb bay :?: :!:
     
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    I would definitely say A-26. Here are shots of both. I noticed that shot came from airliners.net. Do you have a direct link to the shot? I would like to see it bigger.
     

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    Found the original on anet. Here I have resized and adjust the brightness and contrast to give better definition. Looks like the 26 to me.
     

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    yes that's much, much clearer, i think we're agreed on A-26...........
     
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    Yep, that is clearly and A-26.
     
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    Good photo of an A-26 Invader in operational service.
     
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