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Boeing P-26 Peashooter

Boeing P-26 Peashooter

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The Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" was the first American production all-metal fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane.

Boeing P-26A Peashooter

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. There are two surviving Peashooters, but there are three reproductions on display with two more under construction.


Model 266, prototypes powered by a 525 hp (391 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-21 Wasp radial engine, three built.
Single-seat fighter aircraft, powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) R-1340-27. 111 built.
Single-seat fighter, powered by a fuel-injected 600 hp (450 kW) R-1340-33. two built.
Single-seat fighter, with a carburated R-1340-33 and a modified fuel system. 23 built.
Model 281
Export version of the P-26C; 11 built for China and one for Spain.
National originUnited States
First flight20 March 1932
Primary usersUnited States Army Air Corps
Republic of China Air Force
Philippine Army Air Corps
Guatemalan Air Force
Number built151
VariantsBoeing P-29/XF7B-1


The project funded by Boeing to produce the Boeing Model 248 began in September 1931, with the US Army Air Corps supplying the engines and the instruments. The open cockpit, fixed landing gear, externally braced wing design was the last such design procured by the USAAC as a fighter. The Model 248 had a high landing speed, which caused a number of accidents. To remedy this, flaps were fitted to reduce the landing speed. The Army Air Corps ordered three prototypes, designated XP-936, which first flew on 20 March 1932.

Specifications (P-26A) Data from Data from Flight Global

  • General characteristics

    • 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)
    • Aspect ratio: 5.23
    • Airfoil: Boeing 109[26]
    • 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

Specifications (P-26A)



  • 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 (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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