A-26A/B-26K Counter Invader Farm Gate Program

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    Today I have added 8 of my slide photos to the A-26A/B-26K Gallery. From my research it seems that this aircraft was part of the Farm Gate program that was used to transfer aircraft to Vietnam. These aircraft were flown by American pilots in support of the VNAF. They were remanufactured by “On Mark Engineering”: and the wingspars were strengthened. “Even after the mods the plane could not stand the stress and pilots were pulling the wings off, which of course meant loss of aircraft and pilots and the remaining aircraft were grounded”.   After more research I discovered that the above statement was false and was used by the USAF as a reason for pulling the A-26A/B-26K out of SEA and out of the USAF’s ‘ALL Jet Air Force’!

    Farm Gate Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_Gate

    The A-26A/B-26K Counter Invaders were flown by American 603rd Air Commandos … call sign “Nimrods”

    Nimrods Link: http://www.a-26legacy.org/

    This particular A-26A/B-26K was originally built in 1944 as SN# 44-34108 and was remanufactured by “On Mark Engineering” as SN# 64-17677. The Tail Code was: TA 677. This series of B&W photos and Color slides were taken by me at Bien Hoa AB RVN in 1969.

    A-26A/B-26K TA-677. "On Mark Engineering" remanufactured SN# 64-17677 original SN# 44-34108 at Bien Hoa AB '69. Part of FARM GATE.

    A-26A/B-26K TA-677. "On Mark Engineering" remanufactured SN# 64-17677 original SN# 44-34108 at Bien Hoa AB '69. Part of FARM GATE.

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