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P-26A Peashooter Model

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Part# 13-10558
MFR Model# AP26T

Overview

The American Boeing P-26 (Peashooter) was the first all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.

The diminutive Peashooter, as it became affectionately known by service pilots, was faster than previous American Combat aircraft, however it was also an anachronism.

The Peashooters wings were braced with wire, rather than with the rigid struts used on other airplanes, so the airplane was lighter and had less drag. Its initial high landing speeds were reduced by the addition of wing flaps in the production models.

The P-26 flew 27 mph faster and outclimbed biplane fighters, thats why the Army ordered 136 production-model Peashooters.

The first Boeing P-26 major combat mission was the Chinese Model 281, in what was the worlds first air-interception and destruction of raiding monoplane aircraft.

The P-26 remained in active service for many years. In November 1940, a full year after the start of World War II, the U.S. Armys entire fighter strength in the Philippines consisted of only 28 P-26s. Most of P-26 were destroyed in the first Japanese attacks, but two of them, flown by Philippine pilots, became the first American fighters to shoot down Japanese airplanes.

Two original P-26s are known to exist. One is in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum, while the other has been owned for many years by the Planes of Fame Museum located in Chino, California.

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