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The Boeing P-26 Peashooter

by John White |

Boeing P-26 PeashooterThe Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.[N 1] Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines. The Boeing P-26 was a tricky airplane to land because of the short nose and powerful engine which made the aircraft want to flip nose over tail. This resulted in injury to a number of pilots, and so Boeing installed an armored headrest on the airplane to protect the pilots in the event they flipped the aircraft over on landing. The Boeing P-26 was produced from 1933 through 1936 and were flown by the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, Guatemalan Air Force, Panama, the Phillippine A.A.C., the Spanish Republican Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Boeing P-26 Specifications

General characteristics:
    Crew: one
  • Length: 23 ft 7 in (7.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft (8.50 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 0 in (3.04 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,196 lb (996 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 3,360 lb (1,524 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-7 "Wasp" radial engine, 600 hp (440 kW)
Performance:
  • Maximum speed: 234 mph (203 knots, 377 km/h) at 6,000 ft (1,800 m)
  • Combat radius: 360 mi (310 nmi, 580 km)
  • Ferry range: 635 mi (550 nmi, 1,020 km)
  • Service ceiling: 27,400 ft (8,350 m)
  • Rate of climb: 719 ft/min (3.65 m/s)
Armament:
  • Guns: 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns or 1 x .30 and 1 x .50 caliber machine guns
  • Bombs: 2 × 100 lb (45 kg) GP bombs or 5 x 31 lb (14 kg) anti-personnel bombs

The Boeing P-26 In Flight

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Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!

About John White

John White a/k/a JetAviator7 is an ATP pilot with an MBA in business who enjoys all things aviation and as an online entrepreneur loves providing exceptional products combined with exceptional personal service. Find out more about John on Google+ Share this post on Google+

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