The rejuvenated A-26 Invader had a notable career over Laos during the Vietnam War, in which it proved to be an unlikely, but effective, participant in combat operations.

A Counter- Invader shortly after it had been reloaded at Nakhon Phanom in October 1968.
Larry Counts via author

AMILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATING in the low-level bombing role needs many attributes to be successful. It must have a rugged airframe that will absorb considerable battle damage, be fast, possess the ability to carry a large payload and enjoy excellent stability at near-zero feet in altitude. A pair of robust engines that will keep going despite taking hits is also highly desirable. The Douglas Invader had all of these qualities, and more.

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