Boeing P-26 Peashooter

P-26 Peashooter picture

The P-26 was a company-funded fighter design whose development began in September 1931. Like many other aircraft of the early thirties, the P-26 had an open cockpit, fixed landing gear, and externally braced wings. Destined to become the USAAC's first monoplane fighter, as well as the first all-metal production aircraft to serve with the USAAC, the Army eventually ordered 174 examples of the small fighter. Although the P-26 had been retired from front-line service by the time the U.S. entered the war, P-26s were stationed at Pearl Harbor and in the Phillipines (with the Phillipine Air Force) when the Japanese attacked in December 1941.

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(updated February 2009)

Boeing P-26 Peashooter

Type:           single seat fighter
Crew:           1: Pilot
Armament:       two .50 inch machine guns
                or one .50 inch and one .30 inch machine gun

        Length:         23' 7.25" (7.19 m)
        Height:         10' 0.5" (3.06 m)
        Wingspan:       27' 11.5" (8.52 m)
        Wing area:      149.5 sq. ft (13.89 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   2197 lb (997 kg)
        Max Weight:     2955 lb (1340 kg) max at takeoff

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 radial
        Horsepower:     500 hp

        Range:          360 miles (579 km)
        Cruise Speed:   199 mph ( 320 km/h)
        Max Speed:      234 mph ( 377 km/h) at 7500 ft
        Ceiling:        27,400 ft (8350 m)

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