The A-26 Legacy Foundation is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit charity established by the Sons and Daughters of the Air Commandos ... call sign "Nimrods" ... who flew the Douglas A-26A/B-26K Counter Invader in America’s "Secret Air War in Laos" during the 1960s.
Our website provides an educational perspective of the secret mission and service of the Nimrods, the historical role of their magnificent Douglas A-26A/B-26K Counter Invader, and information on how you can assist with our mission; "Operation Final Flight." Thank you for visiting!
The Nimrods were tasked with the covert, nighttime interdiction of enemy troops and truck convoys transporting supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the communist forces in South Vietnam. Their A-26s proved to be a deadly truck-killing aircraft. These aircrews and their redesigned WWII propeller-driven aircraft had a destructive effect far out of proportion to their numbers. Awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for “extraordinary gallantry in connection with their military operations in Southeast Asia,” the Nimrods were recognized as the best truck killers of the War!
Operation Final Flight is our mission to restore and operate the World's "Last" Airworthy Douglas A- 26A/B-26K Counter Invader as a "flying" memorial to the valiant aircrews who flew in the secretive service of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Their famous aircraft will be shared with air-show visitors nationwide in a tailored aerial display; designed to captivate public interest and attention ... and ... to raise younger Americans' educational awareness of the now "declassified" military service provided by these heroic Air Commandos in Southeast Asia.
Listen to the Nimrod Ballad written and dedicated to the Nimrods by four FACs (Forward Air Controllers) of the 23rd TASS, Hatfield Brubeck, Bill Tilton, Ned Helm and Glenn Bremenkamp on November 20, 1966
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Rare footage shot during the Vietnam War shows the Douglas A-26A Counter Invader operating at England Air Force Base in Louisiana and at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB in Thailand. The final scenes at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas, show the last airworthy A-26A, IF 679 "Special K."
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
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