Friday, April 20, 2012
Invaders and Hornets
The Sea Hornet on the far side of the Intruder, aircraft 534, also appears in this 1954 photo from Wikimedia Commons which notes that it is an F Mk. 20 operating with No 728 Fleet Requirements Unit, based in Hal Far, Malta, hence the "HF" tail code. Could Hal Far be the scene shown here?
As for the Intruder, after the war, about 150 A-26s were transferred to the Navy, which redesignated them as JD-1, for use as general transports, target tugs and, in the case of a few of them, drone directors.
This photo also shows an interesting contrast...many A-26s have survived the years, while there are no known complete Sea Hornet airframes, partly owing to the temporal nature of wood. However, there is an effort to build a new aircraft, using the original drawings and what few pieces that have survived. The project's website is here.