Douglas A-26 "Invader" Ferry Tank Fuel Gauge

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 30, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

This is an original fuel gauge for the ferry fuel tank in a Douglas A-26 Invader attack bomber. This gauge was used to measure the amount of fuel in a special tank which was placed temporarily in the Invader s bomb bay during long range ferrying operations: for instance in ferrying the aircraft from the US to the European Theater of Operations. For this reason, this particular gauge is very rare, as it was only installed for ferry flights so t were not as many required as t were aircraft built.It is likely that this gauge was used in several different Invaders over the course of its operational life. Now it is offered for you collection of original Invader memorabilia.

The gauge was made by General Electric. It is a standard 3 1/8" diameter, and in fair condition. T are no noticeable dings in the body, but t are some minor paint abrasions on the mounting ring. The rear bell housing has a black crinkle finish in good condition with little if any surface abrasions. The glass bezel is very clean, and unmarked. The instrument dial is beautifully clear and not flaking and has the really attractive and more desirable, white and green text too. The instrument measures to just under 700 gallons of fuel.

The beauty of aircraft fuel gauges, over other cockpit instruments is that you can always be sure which aircraft type they actually come from, due to the very specific size of fuel tank that each aircraft has... they are all different! I will be offering more fuel gauges from specific aircraft over the next few days, so why not start a collection yourself... it's a perfect way to have items from known aircraft types.

Please see my other aviation collectibles.... more listed each week!

The A-26 was a twin-engined, medium-range, attack bomber, derived from Douglas's very successful A-20 Havoc. It had a pair of Pratt and Whitney R-2800 twin-row radial engines to power it, and was very fast, almost as fast as the best fighters in WWII. The A-26 had an illustrious career, spanning three wars, WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam (the final variant being the B-26K Counter Invader ). Many of the military surplus Invaders were converted into high-speed executive transports after the war, and several dozen were also modified into air-spray and fire-attack aircraft ... a number of these are still employed as such in Canada! The A-26B was the most numerous WWII variant of the arcraft, with over 1000 built.

The A-26 as described by Joe Baugher...

"The Douglas A-26 (later B-26) Invader was the outstanding American twin-engined light bomber of the Second World War. Although it did not begin to reach combat units until the spring of 1944, it went on to provide outstanding service for the rest of the war in both the European and the Pacific theatres of action. The Invader remained in American service in substantial numbers after the war, and was a major participant in the Korean War and was even around to serve in both phases of the Vietnam conflict, first with French and then later with American units. Although the last Invaders were withdrawn from USAF service in 1972, Invaders remained in service with many smaller air forces for many years tafter. Invaders participated in several small-scale conflicts during the 1950s and 1960s, and carried out numerous clandestine operations, including the abortive Bay of Pigs operation of 1961.

The A-26 Invader originally began as a private venture on the part of the Douglas plant at El Segundo , California . In the autumn of 1940, Douglas began a preliminary design study to develop a common successor to the Douglas A-20, Martin B-26, and North American B-25 bombers, none of which had yet entered service with the US Army Air Corps. The Bomber Branch of the Experimental Engineering Section at Wright Field , Ohio assisted in this effort by pointing out some of the deficiencies of the company's DB-7 twin-engined attack bomber that they had evaluated--lack of crew interchangeability, insufficient defensive armament, inadequate ...