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U.S. Air Force. Via Wikipedia Commons.
Boeing P-26A Peashooter
8.52m by 7.24m by 3.06m
|Wing area||150 square feet
13.9 square meters
|Maximum speed||226 mph (363 km/h) at 15,000 feet (4600 meters)
235 mph (378 km/h) at 7500 feet (2300 meters)
211 mph (339 km/h) at sea level
|Cruise speed||199 mph
|Climb rate||39 feet per second
11.9 meters per second
|Service ceiling||27,400 feet
|Power plant||1 600 hp (447 kW) Pratt & Whitney SR-1340-33 Wasp direct-injection 9-cylinder radial engine, driving a Hamilton Standard ground-adjustable metal two-bladed propeller.|
Colt-Browning fixed nose machine gun (500 rounds)
1 0.50 Colt-Browning fixed nose machine gun (200 rounds)
|External stores||up to 200 lbs (91 kg) bombs or two 43 gallon (163 liter) wing drop tanks|
|Range||313 nautical miles (580 km) on internal fuel
495 nautical miles (917 km) with drop tanks
|Fuel||88 gallons (333 liters) internal|
|Production||111 P-26A, 2 P-26B, 23 P-26C by 1934 at Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, WA.|
introduced fuel-injected engines and split flaps.
The P-26C had just the flaps.
The P-26 Peashooter was an innovative design when first introduced in 1934. In fact, it was rumored that Boeing was careful not to be too innovative for the conservative Army Air Corps.
The design was obsolete
by the time war broke out in the Pacific. Nevertheless, some
were still in use
with the Hawaiian
was the first monoplane fighter placed in squadron service by the Army
Air Corps, and the last fighter aircraft Boeing placed in production
until the F/A-22 Raptor in 1997.
Boeing. com (accessed 2009-9-28)
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