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Douglas JD-1 (UB-26J) 'Invader'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas


  Base model:JD
  Designation:JD
  Version:-1
  Nickname:Invader
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1931-1955
  Basic role:General Utility
  Crew:3
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Specifications
  Length: 51' 2" 15.5 m
  Height:18' 6" 5.6 m
  Wingspan: 70' 0" 21.3 m
  Wingarea: 540.0 sq ft 50.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 21,150 lb 9,591 kg
  Gross Weight: 26,700 lb 12,108 kg
  Max Weight: 31,000 lb 14,058 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-79
  Horsepower (each): 2000

Performance
  Range: 1,800 miles 2,898 km
  Cruise Speed: 212 mph 341 km/h 184 kt
  Max Speed: 370 mph 595 km/h 321 kt
  Climb: 1,250 ft/min 380 m/min
  Ceiling: 31,300 ft 9,539 m


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 George Vraneza
 Boalsburg, PA
Was assigned to the electronic shop (AT3) of VU7 at North Island in the spring of 1962 out of A & B school. Loved to work on the UB26J (A26), a time capsule. Had the opportunity to fly several times as the radio operator in the aft end. Loved to fly with the pilots that also flew the F8U's. Nothing like a fighter pilot flying an attack aircraft as a fighter, lots of fun riding in the back end. Sad to see the aircraft transition back to the Air Force for retrofit and off to Vietnam. The S2F replacement wasn't as much fun.
Lots of fond memories when I was young and dumb.
02/09/2014 @ 15:30 [ref: 68340]
 David Cooper
 Pampa, TX
Cox: Read your column....I was in Gtmo from Sept 1961 to March 1963 and also had the most fun adventure I've ever had as an AO3 flying in the "Jig Dog" as we called it. At the end of every four to eight hour flight we would run to Haiti, Isla Grande Puerto Rico, or Jamaica for overnight refuel and sleep under the wing on the ramp in our flight suits. The native girls thought we were the COOLEST! 21 yr old kids...Got to tell you the sixth fleet never hit our sleeve but once....shot off roughly 6000ft of that 1/8inch cable and shook us nearly out the bottom of the plane...our pilot, an old man of 22 spoke to them in a new language [Navy] and we went back to
Gtmo. Another time we had a hydraulic pressure gauge rupture at about 5000ft on one of the towreels and sprayed fluid all over us...landed in jamaica, washed our flight suits in avgas....hung them up on horzondtal stabilizer to dry. When we got back to Gtmo at about 1000ft started to sweat; avgas got in some tender places on our bodies and we dropped out of the bottom hatch in a run before the plane had completely stopped.....running for the shower.....we were young and so smart...yeah. Hope I didn't bore you too much. Drop me a line swab...see ya
12/29/2013 @ 17:31 [ref: 68265]
 Lou Wilber
 Lake Havasu City, AZ
I was at Gitmo Bay from 1952-1954 as a Am3. Got to fly occasionally as a back up person to the ordanance men when we towed targets. This was when Castro was still back in the hills. Also towed from TBM.s. Used F6F Helcat drones out of Leeward Point. Had F7Fs, PBMs, F8F bearcats, And an SNB.
11/23/2013 @ 18:49 [ref: 68181]
 Terry Ray
 Houston, TX
I was a ADR3 with VU-7 at NAS Brown Field Chula Vista late 1958, 1959 and Early 1960. Got to fly many flights in the right seat as a spotter while towing targets and simulated attacks on ships of the southern California coast.
07/28/2013 @ 10:27 [ref: 67984]
 Larry Stanley
 Niceville, FL
I was with Utility Squadron 7 at Brownfield and North Island, California from 1960 through 1963. To supplement my meager pay I decided to get flight skins. I was stationed in the rear of the UB26J, charged with the job of extending drones on a cable for ships to shoot at and exploding the drone at the end of the exercise. Now, at 72, I still remember this time in my life as one of the most exciting and rewarding times in my life. All young people would benefit greatly if they chose a military hitch immediately after high school and before deciding on their future.
06/30/2013 @ 11:54 [ref: 67918]
 eddie jackson
 narrowsburg, NY
I was with VU7 1958 to 1960 at NAAS Brown Field San Ysidro Calif. I rode the after station as radio the A26 was a great aircraft for its age except when it rained. it was dryer on the outside. I still miss the sound of engines starting there is nothing like flying everyday. I can still say at 76 years old I still miss NAVY life .
Jackson E O AE2

04/28/2013 @ 08:21 [ref: 67769]
 eddie jackson
 narrowsburg, NY
I was with VU7 1958 to 1960 at NAAS Brown Field San Ysidro Calif. I rode the after station as radio the A26 was a great aircraft for its age except when it rained. it was dryer on the outside. I still miss the sound of engines starting there is nothing like flying everyday. I can still say at 76 years old I still miss NAVY life .
Jackson E O AE2

04/28/2013 @ 08:20 [ref: 67768]
 Gordon aka Goldie Parker
 Port Hueneme, CA
1957/59 I flew in " Girdle 28 " as a DCO ( direct control operater
at Point Mugu Missile Test Center ( now called Navy Base Ventura.
As a DCO I launched ( dropped ) approx 30 KDA target drones. I loved this airplane, but had some scary moments. The most scary was the time the dump valve on the ballest water tank ( port wing ) froze up. At drop time the water tank is designed to dump 2000 lbs of water. Water is carried in the tank to even up the weight of the 1900 lbs drone on the starboard wing. Girdle 28 went into a flat spin. The pilot jettisoned the tank and recovered from the spin. I ended up with punctured ear drums and very messy pants. Great fun.
06/20/2012 @ 16:10 [ref: 60685]
 Gordon aka Goldie Parker
 Port Hueneme, CA
I flew in " Girdle 28 " as a DCO ( direct control operater
at Point Mugu Missile Test Center ( now called Navy Base Ventura.
As a DCO I launched ( dropped ) approx 30 KDA target drones. I loved this airplane, but had some scary moments. The most scary was the time the dump valve on the ballest water tank ( port wing ) froze up. At drop time the water tank is designed to dump 2000 lbs of water. Water is carried in the tank to even up the weight of the 1900 lbs drone on the starboard wing. Girdle 28 went into a flat spin. The pilot jettisoned the tank and recovered from the spin. I ended up with punctured ear drums and very messy pants. Great fun.
06/20/2012 @ 16:09 [ref: 60684]
 DAVE SEEMAN
 DESHLER, OH
I WAS STATIONED AT QUONSET POINT 1958-1960 ALWAYS LIKE TO RIDE ALONG IN THE JD-1 WITH LT BARE OR CDM GULLETT WHENEVER I COULD. DIDN'T GET TO GO PUERTO RICO, ALL I DID WAS GET ALL THE PAPER WORK READY FOR YOU GUYS. OH WELL I GUESS YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING
02/21/2012 @ 12:12 [ref: 53158]

 
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