P26 Peashooter


P26 Peashooter

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The all-metal, single-wing P-26, popularly known as the "Peashooter," was an entirely new design for Boeing, and its structure drew heavily on the Monomail. The Peashooter's wings were braced with wire, rather than with the rigid struts used on other airplanes, so the airplane was lighter and had less drag.

Because the P-26 flew 27 mph faster and outclimbed biplane fighters, the Army ordered 136 production-model Peashooters. Acclaimed by pilots for its speed and maneuverability, the small but feisty P-26 formed the core of pursuit squadrons throughout the United States.

First flight: March 20, 1932
Model number: 248/266
Classification: Fighter
Span: 28 feet
Length: 23 feet 7 inches
Gross weight: 2,995 pounds
Top speed: 234 mph
Cruising speed: 200 mph
Range: 635 miles
Ceiling: 27,400 feet
Power: 600-horsepower P&W Wasp engine
Accommodation: 1 pilot
Armament: 2 machine guns, 200-pound bomb load

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