The Invader Squadron is looking to re-paint the A-26 and build a spare engine. Without the engine we will not be able to function and continue to fly airshows and educate the public, and honor the veterans who flew the plan in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War.
The current paint job on Night Mission dates back to the 1980s. There are many places where the paint has worn down to bare metal, and the rest of the paint job is badly faded. The airplane will require a complete strip down to bare metal. Once all the paint is removed, we will inspect and make any necessary repairs before applying new primer and paint. Night Mission will remain in its black and yellow marking, and the Nose Art will be professionally painted on.
At airshows and fly-ins the A-26 performs with pyro demonstrating the role of the aircraft during the war. The demo not only wows the crowd but also raises a question how can the A-26 fly that fast. We have started a STEM portion-teaching children and adults about aerodynamics and point out characteristics only found on the A-26 that makes the aircraft unique. Giving tours and rides at the airshows give people an up close and personal experience similar to what the veterans went through during the war.