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Boeing P-26 Peashooter

The P-26, commonly but not officially known as the Peashooter, was the first U.S. Army Air Corps all-metal, monoplane pursuit ship---and also it's last fixed-landing gear, open cockpit, externally braced pursuit aircraft to go into production.  The prototype Model 248 first flew in 1932.

The P-26 proved very popular with almost 150 built.  In addition to the USAAC, the P-26 served in the air forces of China, Republican Spain, Panama and Guatamala.  Many were still in service on December 7, 1941 in Hawaii and the Philippines.  Philippine P-26s were credited with shooting down several Japanese planes.

Specifications (P-26A) Designations
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 500 hp (373 kw) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 radial engine
Model 266: Boeing model number for production P-26
P-26: U.S. Army Pursuit (Fighter)
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