Boeing P-26 Peashooter

 

1st Flight 1932

The Boeing P-26 “Peashooter” was the first American production all-metal fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane to enter squadron service with the United States Army Air Corps.

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. 

Variants

XP-936 / Model 266, prototypes powered by a 525 hp (391 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-21 Wasp radial engine.

P-26A-Single-seat fighter aircraft, powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) R-1340-27.

P-26B-Single-seat fighter, powered by a fuel-injected 600 hp (450 kW) R-1340-33.

P-26C-Single-seat fighter, with a carbureted R-1340-33 and a modified fuel system.

Model 281-Export version of the P-26C; 11 built for China and one for Spain.

Specifications

Crew: One

Length: 23 ft 7 in (7.19 m)

Wingspan: 28 ft (8.5 m)

Height: 10 ft (3.0 m)

Wing area: 250 sq ft (23 m2)

Airfoil: Boeing 109

Empty weight: 2,196 lb (996 kg)

Gross weight: 3,360 lb (1,524 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 Wasp 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 600 hp (450 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 234 mph (377 km/h, 203 kn)

Combat range: 360 mi (580 km, 310 nmi)

Ferry range: 635 mi (1,022 km, 552 nmi)

Service ceiling: 27,400 ft (8,400 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 in (7.62 mm) and 1 x .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns

Bombs: 2 × 100 lb (45 kg) GP bombs or 5 x 31 lb (14 kg) anti-personnel bombs.

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