A-26 Invader moves to Europe – debut planned for Antidotum Airshow Leszno

A-26C Invader “Sweet Eloise II”, currently based in Santa Rosa, California, will be taken on by a new owner in Poland this year and make its European air display debut at Antidotum Airshow Leszno.

Built in 1945 as an A-26B-50, “Sweet Eloise II” was modified to A-26C specifications in 1951 and flew in the Korean War. It was sold onto the civilian market in 1957, flying with, among others, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and Commemorative Air Force. Black Crow Aviation LLC took ownership of the aircraft in 2011, and the aircraft remained on the ground until 2018 for a lengthy period of inspections and repairs. It took part in the Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino the following year.

It will now be taken on by a new owner in Poland. When it arrives, the aircraft will be one of only three A-26s flying in Europe, the others being A-26B “Sugarland Express” of Nordic Warbirds, based at Västerås in Sweden, and A-26B “Rum and Coke” of Tina Fly, based at Eschbach in Germany.

The aircraft was today confirmed as one of the star attractions at Antidotum Airshow Leszno on the 17th-18th June 2022, which will almost certainly be the aircraft’s first display in Europe. It will fly alongside the Flying Bulls’ B-25 Mitchell in an action-packed flying display, which is also due to feature a Yak-3, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, T-28 Trojan, F4U Corsair, L-29 Delfin, OV-10B Bronco and AH-1 Cobra, making for one of the biggest warbird airshow line ups in Poland in recent years. Modern military aircraft will also be represented better than ever before, with participants due to include a Swiss Air Force Super Puma, Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000, Slovenian PC-9M Swift, Czech W-3 Sokol and a selection of aircraft from the Polish Air Force, including the F-16C, C-130E and Mi-17.