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Boeing P-26A Peashooter
Wheeler Field, Hawaii, December 1941
|Boeing’s first and last all-metal monoplane fighter produced for the US Army Air Corps was the
P-26. Known as the “Peashooter” there were 111 P-26As produced. The wings were braced with
wire instead of wooden struts and this reduced drag and along with a 500 hp engine the aircraft
was much faster than the older bi-planes. The mono-wing also
meant a higher landing speed so flaps had to be added to slow the aircraft down. It had fixed
landing gear and an open cockpit with just a windscreen to protect the pilot.
At the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the Boeing P-26 Peashooter had
been removed from front line duty and replaced by the newer Seversky P-35 and Curtiss P-36A.
The P-26 duties were now mechanic training, spare parts and hack flights between islands. On
December 7, 1941 there were approximately 10 P-26s at Wheeler Field located on the island of
Oahu but after the attack six had been destroyed and one damaged. It is thought that two P-26s
got airborne during the raid but doubt they inflicted any damage.
Specifications for the P-26A
Country of origin – USA
Manufacturer – Boeing Aircraft Company
Role – Fighter
Crew - One
Wing Span - 27 ft. 11.5 in.
Length - 23 ft. 10 in.
Height - 10 ft. 5 in.
Empty - 2,197 lbs.
Maximum - 2,955 lbs.
Engine - Pratt and Whitney R-1340-27 (500 hp)
Maximum Speed - 234 mph (203 knots)
Cruising Speed - 199 mph (172 knots)
Landing Speed - 82 mph (71.26 knots)
Range - 360 statute miles (313 nautical miles)
Service Ceiling - 27,400 ft.
2 x fixed .30-cal. Machine guns
1 x .50 and 1 x .30-cal. Machine gun
up to 200 lbs. of bombs
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